Adolescent and young adult social development in situations of political conflict and transition, with research in community development and educational activities; socio-historical theory & narrative inquiry.
Colette Daiute is Professor of Psychology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Dr. Daiute does research on the social and cognitive development of children at risk in the U.S. and in international contexts. Colette Daiute has done research on children’s social conflicts, conflict resolution, children’s development in war and post-war contexts, children’s rights, literacy development, writing, and uses of interactive technology. Working from the perspective of socio-historical activity theory, Dr. Daiute is especially interested in children’s participation in social and intellectual practices as influenced by political and economic factors.
Colette Daiute’s recent book publications include Human Development and Political Violence (Cambridge University Press, 2010), International Perspectives on Youth Conflict and Development (Oxford University Press, 2006), Narrative Analysis: Studying the Development of Individuals in Society (Sage Publications, 2004), and The Development of Literacy through Social Interaction (Jossey-Bass, 1993). She has published numerous articles in journals, such as the recent article, “Young people’s stories of conflict and development in post-war Croatia” in Narrative Inquiry, 2005. Dr. Daiute has also worked on the design of numerous programs for vulnerable youth, including violence prevention, literacy, and youth research curricula. She was, for example, the head academic consultant for the television series Ghostwriter. In addition to courses in her areas of research, she teaches and does workshops on narrative psychology, discourse analysis, qualitative research, and methods of inquiry into human development and globalization.