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.
The Potential of Pedagogical Documentation for Leadership Enactment
This chapter furthers the focus on leadership. Using the Canadian frame of pedagogical narration, the author considers the global ECE landscape and offers pedagogical documentation as leadership enactment. Building on storytelling as political action, she questions affirmation of the status quo and offers provocations for rethinking practice. Public participation becomes key.
In this chapter, I make a case for thinking about pedagogical documentation as a site for early childhood education leadership. I draw from a research project that explored theoretically and empirically what new possibilities for thinking and enacting leadership arise when early childhood educators engage with the practice of pedagogical documentation (or pedagogical narration, as we call it ...