Cultural Values and Childrens’ Daily Activities: A Comparison of Burma and the United States

We are beginning a project in the Early Childhood classrooms that seeks to examine how broader cultural values structure the day-to-day lives of children across different activity settings such as playtime, snacktime, and group work. The current study seeks to compare the daily activities of children in Burma versus the United States. As part of this project, the P.I. will be doing observations, taking notes, having informal conversations with students and teachers, and eventually videotaping the teachers and children as they go about their day-to-day lives. As parents have already signed the UCLA Lab School blanket consent form, they are not required to sign any additional forms at this time. Additionally, if in the blanket consent form parents gave us permission to do so, children may be videotaped inside the classroom or on the playground. The research will be conducted by Seinenu M. Thein, M.A., a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology and Alan Page Fiske, PhD, Professor of Anthropology. Any questions about this study should be directed to Seinenu M. Thein, at (310) 923-4508 or