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Jakob Waag Villadsen

Jakob Waag Villadsen

PhD Student

Current research

My Ph.D. project "Institutional Life Course; Children's development through day care" focuses upon the relation between national curriculum of day care service and children's development of subjectivity. The project centers on how educational practices influence the developing subjectivity of children in the day care institutions and further; if this developmental affordance on subjectivity is relevant for the child's transition between day care and school systems. The background of the project is the national curriculum of 2004, which  were introduced to the field of day care with an aim of promoting education in the services. Up to the effectuation of the reform the curriculums was subject to a heavy discussion about how the introduction of school-liked forms of practices would undermine the Danish day care tradition with its focus on children's play and self-determination. After the implementation this discussion has become silent and most research in the area has focused on other perspectives, such as pedagogues professionalism (e.g. Plum, 2012), pedagogical practices (e.g. Krejsler, 2012; Jensen, Broström & Hansen, 2010: Ministeriet for Familie- og Forbrugeranliggender, 2008; Danmarks Evalueringsinstitut, 2012) and local government of the day care service (e.g. Hviid & Plotnikof, 2012)  . Thus the implementation of the curriculum in relation to the development of  children (which are the "object" of the reform) is quite uninvestigated. Much of the research done in the field points out that the pedagogical practice has become more mechanical and standardize due to the curriculum. My project centers on how these practices affect the developing subjectivity of children in the day care institutions and further; if this developmental affordance on subjectivity is relevant for the child's transition between day care and school systems.

Primary fields of research

  • Developmental psychology
  • Pedagogy and pedagogical psychology
  • Culture and ecological psychology
  • Methodology and epistemology

My main interest is developmental psychology in a sociocultural frame, focusing upon subjectivity: how it emerges, develops and preserves in the life course of the individual – lived and shared with others. My primary empirical attention is on early childhood development in institutional settings; build on ten years of experience on different levels within the field of child day care. 

Besides my position at University of Copenhagen, I am a member of “European Doctoral Network In Sociocultural Psychology” founded by European sociocultural psychologists such as Tania Zittuon (Neuchatel), Alex Gillespie (LSE), Brady Wagoner (AAU)  and my supervisor Pernille Hviid Pernille Hviid (CPHU).

Teaching

I currently teaches in Community psychology (SUI) at the master level and Developmental Psychology at the bacherlor level. I am also co-coordinator of developmental psychology.

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