Teacher candidates’ experiences in the society-service course: examining the project “do you want to be a child for one-day?”
Hi Dear Colleagues,
I would like to share my manuscript with you. I will glad to hear your comments on my paper. I hope this paper contributes to the Living Theory, which I consider as one of the most important theories in the current century. I will be happy if my paper can bring the theory and practice together and bring a breath and life to theories, which look superficial and far away from our lifes nowadays. As there has been a big jump from postpositivist perspectives to more interpretivist perspectives in the current century, I believe the Living Theory helps us a lot.
a short info about me: My field is early childhood education and counseling. I worked as a psychological counselor at an elementary school in Istanbul, Turkey, and then moved to United States of America and studied early childhood education. After I took my degree PhD there and studied qualitative approaches and Reggio Emilia philosophy, I moved back to Turkey. I am interested in early childhood education and related approaches. Now I work at DPU in Kutahya, Turkey as a professor. I also work as an advisor to three early childhod education centers .
I'm happy to be with you here!
best wishes to all of you!
hatice zeynep inan
A warm hello from a chilly Japan. Just a short note to say how much I enjoyed your account. The text read beautifully, it was engaging and full of passion, I felt as though I was along side you, it would be nice to be a child for longer than a day..smile. I would like to see just a little further explanation of your understanding and use of inclusionality but once again thank you for a great insight and read.
my deepest respects
Dr Je Kan Adler-Collins Ph.D MA PGCE REMT RN
Associate Professor of Nursing
Health Promotion Centre
Fukuoka Prefectural University
tel:(Direct) +81 947 42 1367
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In the pursuit of learning every day some thing is acquired.
In the pursuit of the Tao, every day some thing is dropped.
Lao Tsu.Tao Te Ching: 48
Hi Dear Je Kan Adler-Collins,
Thank you so much for your nice words. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed reading my research. I am completely aggree with you in terms of extending one day to more days. Actually this year we are planning to make another festival based on the findings of this reserach and extend it at least 3 days if we can get enough fund from the university. We really enjoyed working on this project. Actually I should admit that my students (ECE teacher candidates) pursued me to apply this project and they made me accept this by reminding me how important this is for them :) They were so eager to work on this poject and this is their success. In terms of putting more explanation, you are right. Although the fun part, the festival, took one day, creating this project took months and there was a lot to say. I wonder what part you think need more explanation. I would be happy to extend it.
again thank you so much for you constructive and valuable feedback.
I have read your paper with great interest. I appreciate the way that you have drawn on authors from around the world, and that you are sharing your practice in Turkey with us through this international forum. I see that Je Kan has already replied from cold Japan; I am replying from a hot summer in New Zealand!
Your work resonated for me because of work that I did when I was in Staff Development in our local polytechnic. Our unit was located within the School of Education, part of which comprised the Early Childhood Development team, for whom I taught a paper on action research. The polytechnic had been offering degrees for around ten years when the work I'm about to refer to happened. Staff were supposed to be doing research, but many were very apprehensive about this, having little experience of research methods or ways of writing up. Because of my work in the School, I was aware that they had implemented a "Sensori Saturday" which sounds very much like the 'be a child for one day' that you describe in your paper. I worked with the team leader to construct a paper as though the Sensori Saturday had been a pre-considered action research project. The aim was to show them (a) that their work was suitable data for research papers and (b) how, using action research methods, they could take confidence to write up what they are doing in a systematic way and take it to international audiences. If you want a copy of the paper, which was one of the ten best papers at the 2002 HERDSA Conference in Perth, Australia, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll send you one.
So you can see why your work had such connections for me! While your 'social service' aim is quite different from the aims of our team, which were closely focused on early childhood education without the wider social service aspect, it is a very laudable way of having your students share their work with others in Turkish society. Would you be happy for me to send a copy of your paper to my now ex-colleagues back at the polytechnic? I'm sure they would be interested.
Re your conclusions, it's interesting that you, Je Kan and the students all feel that the day should be extended. On the basis of what you've written, I'd certainly support its continuation...but for us in New Zealand, having it extended to two or three days would probably 'kill it'. People's time is quite precious, and my feeling would be that if it works well at one day, why change it? But obviously, it's your decision.
And it's great to hear your admission in your latest posting, that the students pushed you to do the work! They must be confident and enthusiastic students and you are lucky to have them like that.
All the best for your ongoing work Hatice
Pip Bruce Ferguson (just call me Pip...)
Hi Dear Pip from a chilly Turkey,
It is a great feel me for me to have a chat with people all around the world and share ideas in this forum. I should thank to you and the creators of this forum for proving us such a valuable forum. I had a change to have friends from different countries including New Zeland and Japan during my college and graduate education and I know that this is a valuable trasure and wealth for me. Now I live in a small city with more homogenous population, but thank to INternet since it brings us together.
Thank you so much for reviewing my paper and for your nice comments on it. I would be so happy if you share your paper with me and share mine with your colleagues. I think that one of the most important aims of Living Theory or Action Research will be accomplished when there is more people share the same thoughts like you and make connections between the research and their own lives. As Action research comes from our lifes, there should be more understanding and more understanding comes with such connection. Again I am so glad to hear your feedback and sharing with your related research with me and our colleagues here. In terms of extending the days, this was a common thought and common feeling emerged from the data we collected. Although my students in the organization commitee were really tired (you should see them at the end of the day, they were so tired, they even could not move their fingers any more at the end of the day) but I saw that smile and happiness on their face. Actually they did not stop there and they created an interest group and submitted their application to our university"s manager. They've already started with next year's plan for "do you want to be a child for one day?" This is a product of using their own creativity and they also helped other univeristy students and preschoolers to use their creativiy and love through such project. I am proud of them and I feel like that my lectures with their enthusiasms looks working well.
Dear Pip, thank you so much for sharing your ideas with me. I will send you my email address. I would be so happy if you share your reserach with me. Thank you in advance.
Hi Dear Je Khan
It looks like we are all in front of the computer now :)
In terms of rebellion, I aggre with you. I remember that one of my professors during my graduate study, Patricia Lather (auhor of Troubling Angels, you may know) stressed all the time the existance of such danger of eager to be acceptable. When I was presenting Troubling Angels and its perspective in front of the class, I started my presentation with the poem in it. Everyone in the class was shoked because they did not know that I was reading the poem but thought I was talking to them. Sometime rebellion sounds me like that poem, but we still walk in the way that someone accept it.. smile..
by the way, I do not see your email here (off list or something I guess)
My students got a fund for the upcoming projct of "do you want to be a child for one-day?” I love their passion :)
by the way, I am coming to Belgium in march. Lets see how things work in Europe.
Hi again Hatice
Congratulations to you and your students for this funding. I do hope that they take confidence from their work being validated like this, and take it to a wider audience.
Enjoy Belgium! (so far from New Zealand, alas)
Thank you so much for your support. It looks like we are going to organize the new event in a small village in which many poor people live and cannot afford to send their children to a preschool. My students asked the sheriff of the village to help them with the organization. So this time my students want children with poor families to experience preschool education for one day. We are still working on the plan, lets see what will gonna happen.
I may visit New Zealand one day hopefully. Actually I had a friend in my class at Ohio State, USA, from New Zealand. I believe she is back to the country. She used to tell me about your education and I wonder about it so much.
have a great monday,
After reading this paper by Hatice Zeynep Inan, there is only one answer to the question posed in the title: delightfully yes! This is well-written paper that needs no changes. The writing is careful, crafted, to the point, and communicates easily. There is a problem defined, a method presented, data collected, an analysis, interpretations, and there are conclusions. Bravo!
That said, I have more specific comments. The data actually are more than what are identified. The photographs, the story itself, and the writing about this grand experience qualify as the data that bring the truth of the study to the reader. Looking at these photos is incontrovertible evidence of the success of the project.
Behind the project is not only a living theory, but theory alive. It makes me think about teaching ethics to junior high students that I am doing right now. My teaching and my research are intertwined as they are for Inan. I am thinking to call this living teaching as well as living theory, because the work and experience are moving through time and space essentially without rehearsal. These experiences, Inan's experiences, are those of creative teaching and learning for all in each moment. The paper affirms my thinking.
Embodied in the paper is the understanding that teachers need to engage in the learning they expect of their students. This is one excellent example, and there are so many students, so many teachers, and so many teacher educators involved in practical success. This is what makes the research truly significant, not the numbers.
Many years ago, Donna and I lived with a family in Japan in a small town between Kyoto and Nara with our young children. We were all invited to an outdoor games day at a school across the street. Seeing the pictures that illustrate this paper bring it all back. And with what it brings, I am acutely reminded how universal this kind of creative experiencing together, younger and older can be. Yet, the particular wonder it also apparent: this research takes place in Turkey, where something is happening that is more unusual than in some more Western countries--in the US for sure where I live.
I have to thank you Jack for giving me the opportunity to review Inan's paper. I am enriched. Please convey my review to the author something of our long friendship and a hint of how often I ask papers to be radically changed before they are ready for publication. I do not write this letter lightly nor uncritically.
Thank you so much for posting the review of Jerry Allender.
Thank you so much for reviewing my paper. Actually, after reading your review, I got so excited. I felt like a child whose heart is bumping so hard and wanted to organize the next event more patiently. As you know, my new group in the society service course wants to conduct a new version of this project. They wanna do that in a small village and reach poor children. Actually, the passion of my students from the last year has surrounded many students in the early childhood education department and the new group wants to add new things and organize a new "wanna be a child for one day?" event. This time parents will be there, too.
I happy to hear that you had a similar experience in Japan. It looks like our new event in the village will be just like what you experienced in Japan. I mean, people will be joining the event accross the street where they live. My students are trying to bring their creativity into the world considering the realities in the world. They feld bad about inviting preschools where only children with high SES families can have education. They want to be fair and they want to reach ALL children this time. I am proud of their sensitivity and passion. If you think we are successful, I believe this is their success, I just put what they did into words. I agree with your thought, it is living :) hopefully it will continue to live next year, and next year...
Dr.Allender, Thank you so much again for your comments. Hope to see you in USA one day and have a chat.
have a great week,
Review for Hatice Zeynep Inan’s “Teacher candidates’ experiences in the society-service course: examining the project ‘do you want to be a child for one-day?’” by TIAN Fengjun
Hatice Zeynep Inan’s paper, “Teacher candidates’ experiences in the society-service course: examining the project ‘do you want to be a child for one-day?’”, is mainly talking about educational practice on creativity and creative thinking for teacher candidates at one Turkey university through a course named “Society-Service Course” and by which students can create a project for contributing to society some way. The paper consists of four parts which mainly discussing about Living the Living Theory at the University, Creativity and ECE Teacher Candidates, Improving the Society-Service Course and, YC Project :Do You Want to Be a Child for One Day? In part One (listed as a) in the paper), the author, precisely yet clearly, explains well of the Living Theory and how the theory can be understood well by university teachers and students; In Part Two, it gives a good account for culture awareness for teachers and students to live Living Theory by educating their creativity and creative skills; In Part Three, the author makes a clear observation about the implementation of the project, which is designed to improve the quality and change the form of the course, and which is very well to meet the objectives of the course; The last part presents the results and values of the project, this is proved by some statistic data and comments.
As a course itself, it is quite valuable and very beneficial for university students, for they can enrich themselves by getting knowledge to practice creativity and creative thinking, and to make their minds about how they can do social service well, and in result to make good improvement for people’s lives as well. What’s more important about the project is to make students, or teacher candidates as the author preferred, know well of the significance of the course and can put their course knowledge into practice.
The Project, designed from the basis of the course, makes a good response for its legitimation and practicality. Activities are in rehearsal, teacher candidates and preschoolers are put together for free practice. Students and preschoolers’ creativity and creative thinking are promoted (see pictures, video tips and other data as proof).
Living Theory is being put into practice by a form of the project activities. Course learners, project designers and practitioners are experimenting or living how well they are enjoying the chance of being a child, and how wonderful of imagining the child life, how productive it is to help preschoolers doing their own interest, how valuable it is to share ideas among themselves indoors and outdoors with other community.
Suggestions: It’s good enough if the author could get more exact data from teacher candidates and preschoolers about their particular experiences of doing practices by the project, or with more pictures and words from them, otherwise, it feels lack of the value of the reform of the course and the project. Anyhow, I appreciated much of the paper by Hatice Zeynep Inan.
Hi Dear Dr.Whitehead and Dr.Fengjun,
I would like to submit my paper, tried to attach it here but it did not work, because it is 22MB with the additonal data and the photos in it. I tried to submit it through online submission system. Please let me know if you have already received it. If not, please let me know how I can send it to you.
As Dr.Fengjun suggested, I put some additional data. I put 6 more photos, which create more alive picture of the project and participants at work. Please let me know if you have any concerns or questions. Thank you so much for working with me and your interest in my action research.
Hatice Zeynep Inan
You are right, 22Mb is too much for this Moodle site which limit is 8 Mb. For sending bigger files you could use a free service which is available at the internet. (e.g. SizeableSend, TransferBigfiles, SenBigFiles, LargeFilesASAP, aditional services) Therefore, send your paper at my email address by using one of services for sending big files and I will post it at the moodle site.
I've received the new version of your paper. After a small intervention this file is not as big as it was at the beginning. See attachment!
I checked the attachment, looks everything is alright now. Thank you so much for your help!
Today we accomplished II "Do want to be a child for one day?"
All young children and their mommies, dadies, uncles, friends, sheriff of the village, managers and teachers from their school, Orff music teachers, early childhood education teacher candidates, art students, photographers, and people who wonder what is going on on this street were there!
We got tired but it pays a lot. Because I start hearing stories just at the beginning.. mommies saying that their children did not sleep because so excited about the next day event... children who were ready in the morning although it was anounced the festival would start afternoon... smiling children during the event... deeply engaged with the activities at the tables and did not want it to be finished... villagers asking to come to their village again and again... school manager asking us to promise doing the festival in their village next year... and crying kids after us because we were leaving...
It was a gift!
Hi again Hatice
I have just found time to log in, and read the version of your paper that Branko has helpfully managed to load up. It didn't take too long to download, either. The photos are very effective tools for conveying the feelings of your students and the children in this action research project.
I am glad that you managed to achieve the second version of your "Do I want to be a child for one day?" project. Your account of the feelings and emotions aroused by this activity is most inviting. I am glad that you and your students engaged in this 'gift'.
I am glad that we accomplished it sucessfully. Other two villages have already attempted to reserve the next year festival in their villages. and my students say they felt they are realy doing something. Next action for us is glancing :)
Hi Dear EJOLTS followers,
I am done with last revisons finally. I did revisons before based on two reviewers of my paper, Jerry Allender and Tian Fengjun. Now I am done with the second round with Moira Laidlaw. I have been working on this paper since beginning of 2009 and I hope people will enjoy my paper and live what I lived :)
have a great tuesday!
Well done! I hope you are pleased with your article. I look forward to reading it and also publishing the final version in the December 2010 issue of EJOLTS. Thanks to all the reviewers for their help and commitment to this important review process.
Bye for now,
Sorry for the delay in my reply, I have not been well this past few weeks.
Nonetheless, I have followed your great article with much interest. I enjoyed and learnt form the way you introduced LT and then applied it in your research. Your introduction included:
"I understand that the Living Theory helps us look at ourselves through our own glasses instead of somebody else’s. It tells us to interpret our own context and explain our learning accordingly...." This is such a gem and sets the scene for the rest of the paper.
On reading your work a lot of things became clearer to me re ways to express LT and at the same time I gained valuable insights into your work and interpretations. I also felt you melded the 'statistical and the narrative' very nicely. I felt this was a nice 'methodological dance', if I may use those terms!
Your linkage back into the theoretical discourse of LT was also nicely done. In this way you have clearly played a vital role in the ongoing evolution of the approach.
I offer my thanks and appreciation for a job well done....