Current Work

Eliot-Pearson 50th Anniversary Film

Tufts Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development 50th Anniversary Film commemorates fifty years of Eliot-Pearson as a department of Tufts University.  The celebration scheduled for October 25, 2014 will  focus on the departments accomplishments as a leading research center.  For more information about the please visit the Eliot-Pearson website.

Arthur Interactive Media Study

The Arthur Interactive Media Study (AIMS) project uses interactive educational media based on the beloved, award-winning Arthur children’s series to support the development of character among elementary school children. Funded by the John Templeton Foundation, the AIMS project represents a collaboration between leading experts from the Tufts Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development and the WGBH Educational Foundation.

The AIMS project provides an innovative platform upon which children can drive their own social and emotional learning and strengthen their peer relationships, through interaction with the popular prosocial children’s series Arthur.  Through the use of interactive graphic novels designed for joint media engagement between peers, important character related themes like humility, generosity, and empathy are explored by elementary school age students. As children think critically together about the portrayed characters’ actions, thoughts, and feelings, during a variety of social situations, children advance their abilities to problem-solve, reflect, take the perspective of others’, and plan for the future. For more information about the AIMS project, visit the AIMS project blog.

Digital Natives

Digital Natives is a documentary that examines the controversy of increasing digital media use among today’s youth.  Through a collection of interviews with children, parents, teachers and developmental experts the concept of privacy in the digital world is explored with special attention to its impact on developing children.

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