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.

Collaborative Decision-Making Within Pedagogical Documentation

Collaborative Decision-Making Within Pedagogical Documentation
Janet Robertson

Foregrounding the nature of decision-making in pedagogy, the narratives in this chapter illustrate the potentials of ongoing shared documentation for enriching experiences of children and the adults sharing their lives. Making visible the values of an Australian setting, stories of cockatoos resonate with intellectual and environmental respect.


In any examination of pedagogical documentation, the role of decisions must naturally arise. Decisions frame everything we do. Decisions made before, during and after a pedagogical experience are platforms on which experiences play out. Everyone involved is a decision-maker: children, adults, materials and the events experienced ‘make’ decisions. Those made beforehand support the values and connectivity (Giamminuti, 2013) of curriculum. Those made during an experience are ‘process-oriented’ ...

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