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.

Making the Outdoors Visible in Pedagogical Documentation

Making the Outdoors Visible in Pedagogical Documentation
Jane Merewether

Pondering very young children’s perceptions of an outdoor environment at a West Australian centre, the author shares thinking about animism and roles of pedagogical documentation in opening conversations about unexplored perspectives. Referencing research~documentation and bricolage from an ethnographic investigation, fresh insights are offered about children’s views of the outdoors.


This chapter draws from my year-long ethnographic study using pedagogical documentation to investigate two-to-four-year-old children’s perspectives about outdoor spaces at their early years learning setting. The chapter includes data fragments from this project as illustrations of how strategies of pedagogical documentation and bricolage (Kincheloe and Berry, 2004) afford educators and researchers opportunities to observe very closely and record what is happening outside, ...

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