Pedagogical documentation is a vital method of assessing and observing young children, and is a practice that enables practitioners, families and children to learn alongside each other. This book draws on the projects and experiences of senior researchers from nations including Australia, Canada, Sweden, Singapore, the UK and the USA to highlight multiple approaches to pedagogical documentation. Topics explored include: • using video in pedagogical documentation • making the most of outdoor learning environments • developing pedagogical documentation within curriculum frameworks • the relationship with Early Years transitions • the potential of pedagogical documentation for leadership enactment. The book offers guidance, support and inspiration to practitioners and researchers on how to implement meaningful and sustainable child-focused observation in early years contexts.

The Landscape of Pedagogical Documentation

The Landscape of Pedagogical Documentation
Alma Fleet

Having previously set the scene, this chapter now proposes a schema to conceptualize pedagogical documentation in terms of the Local Interpretation of Larger Ideas (LiLi). Challenging formulas, this approach to a ‘wicked problem’ invites creativity and inspiration alongside accountability. A narrative of ‘war and peace’ situates the reader in this landscape.


This chapter offers glimpses of the diverse landscapes of pedagogical documentation, a sense of the richness offered by this way of working. It highlights the importance of philosophy and processes as well as multiple possible products, illustrating complexity as a strength that can meet systemic accountability and employer requirements, as well as generating professional pride and unexpected insights as part of being with young ...

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