The Korea Institute of Child Care and Education (KICCE) hosted the 14th Conference of Panel Study on Korean Children (PSKC) at the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Friday, September 8, 2023. As an opportunity to share and discuss research papers utilizing child panel data, the conference has been held annually since 2010 following the initial release of data from the first-year survey conducted in 2008. This year’s conference was conducted as a full-day, in-person event that included paper presentations and a statistics workshop. In particular, this 14th conference is the first occasion to publicly disclose data from the first year of middle school, the period when students’ adolescence is in full swing. This has made it possible to publish longitudinal studies spanning from infancy through childhood and to adolescence, enabling research and discussion on a wide range of topics.
The event was moderated by Moon Mu-gyeong (senior research fellow, for Part 1) and Kim Dong-hun (research fellow, for Part 2), where KICCE President Park Sang-hee delivered a welcoming speech. It was followed by a series of congratulatory speeches by President Jeon Hyo-jeong (Korean Association of Child Studies), President Jeong Jung-hee (Korean Society for Early Childhood Education), and President Lee Kang-lee (Korean Association of Human Development). President Sung Mi-ae (Korea Association of Family Relations), President Lee Doo-hyu (Korean Society for Sociology Education), President Sohn Eun-ryung (Korean Counseling Association), President Yang Nan-mi (Korean Counseling Psychological Association), and President Lee Yu-mi (Society of Parent Education) delivered written congratulatory remarks.
A total of three works received awards in this year’s graduate student paper contest – two Excellence Awards and one Achievement Award. The Excellence Awards were granted to Park Se-hoon, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Psychology at the Catholic University of Korea, and Lee Sang-eun and Pyun Ji-ae, Ph.D. degree recipients from the Department of Child Development and Family Studies at Seoul National University (SNU). Song Ji-na, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Child Development and Family Studies at SNU, and Eunji Kim, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Early Childhood Education at SNU, received the Achievement Award.
Cho Mi-ra, this year's lead researcher for PSKC and an associate researcher at KICCE, shared an overview of the PSKC, changes in PSKC survey variables, survey progress, and work to improve user convenience.
In the first session of the paper presentation, a total of eight research papers were presented in the following categories: Growth and Development I - Executive Function; Media I - Addiction to Media Devices; Parents I – Parenting; and School Life and Adaptation I - Teachers.
Kim Su-young, Professor in the Department of Psychology at Ewha Woman’s University, spoke during the statistics workshop on “Analyzing Longitudinal Data Using Latent Growth Models," explaining latent growth models, which is a statistical method often used in academic papers using PSKC data.
A total of eight research papers were also presented during the second session of paper presentation in the following categories: Growth and Development II – Disability and Health; Media II – Cyber Delinquency Recognition and Bullying; Parenting II – Coexistence of Work and Family; and School Life II – Transition.