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.

Pedagogical Documentation and Pedagogical Choices

Pedagogical Documentation and Pedagogical Choices

Pedagogical Documentation and Pedagogical Choices
Lise-Lotte BjervåsGunilla Rosendahl

This chapter offers exploration and reflection through voices from a Swedish preschool. With a focus on pedagogical choices, the authors share experiences of toddlers and teachers offering insights to conversations and organization. Links with families are highlighted through the evolving processes of documentation.


This chapter builds on a case study conducted in a Swedish preschool where the teachers have long experience of using pedagogical documentation. The term ‘preschool’ is used in Sweden for the first step in the educational system. Although preschool is not mandatory, almost every child aged between one and five years attends.

The teachers at this preschool have organized for an exploratory approach and developed a common reflection culture. Each year, the ...

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