In both the original and the new Preschool in Three Cultures studies we made videotapes of typical days in preschools in Japan, China, and the United States. In these studies, we used the videotapes as interviewing cues, as a non-verbal way of asking practitioners about their beliefs about what should happen in preschool settings.
After completing the research, we re-edited the videotapes, adding narration that provides context and features the teachers’ explanations for the practices seen in the videos. These edited, narrated videos are meant to be companions to Preschool in Three Cultures (Yale University Press, 1989) and Preschool in Three Cultures Revisited (University of Chicago Press, 2009).
The Preschool in Three Cultures DVD is 58 minutes long. There is a brief introduction and then 18-minute videos of typical days at Komatsudani Hoikuen in Kyoto, Japan; Dong Feng (Daguan) Youeryuan in Kunming, China; and St. Timothy’s Child Center in Honolulu, U.S. This DVD was made from the original research videotape shot in the mid-1980s that, unfortunately, deteriorated a bit before the digital master was made. As a result, the DVD images are a bit grainy.
The Preschool in Three Cultures Revisited DVD is 1 hour and 50 minutes along. There is a 3-minute video introducing the project method and six 18-minute videos shot in 2004. There are three new videos shot at the three preschools from the original study and three videos of a new preschool in each country, chosen to reflect a new direction in each country’s approach to early childhood education. The new preschools are Madoka Yochien in Tokyo, Sinanlu Youeryuan in Shanghai, and Alhambra Preschool in Phoenix.
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