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.
Diving into the Unknown: The Experience of Pedagogical Documentation at Mia Mia
Highlighting curiosity without assumptions, this chapter presents an educator thinking aloud about her work with three-to-five-year-olds in an Australian setting. Encounters with paper bags, jigsaws and music provide opportunities for the unexpected, extending children’s play genres and thinking repertoires. Pedagogical documentation is illustrated through demonstrations of unfolding philosophical practice.
The experience of pedagogical documentation looks different from time to time, depending on context, the participating thinkers and the person reflecting, reviewing and proposing; it can take on many forms and go [Page 148]in various directions. Keeping in mind that it is never a linear process is a good way to begin ...