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.

Pedagogic Documentation and Student Learning

Pedagogic Documentation and Student Learning
Michael ReedNicola Stobbs

This chapter offers a case study of the place of pedagogic documentation as part of undergraduate experience for early educators in an English university. It proposes a conceptual model which may assist tertiary tutors and others engaged in professional development.


The authors of this chapter are experienced higher education tutors who value the way pedagogic documentation allows a careful examination of learning possibilities for young children. It is an approach which also provides possibilities for the professional development of early educators as it involves close observation of children’s learning, an interpretation of that learning and reflection on practice. However, in universities in England, its influence on professional development is less apparent, even though the ...

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