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.

Weavings, Walks and Wonderings: Stories of the Liveliness of Pedagogical Narrations

Weavings, Walks and Wonderings: Stories of the Liveliness of Pedagogical Narrations
Weavings, Walks and Wonderings: Stories of the Liveliness of Pedagogical Narrations
B. Denise HodginsDeborah ThompsonKathleen Kummen

Moving beyond retelling stories and informed by postfoundational perspectives, these Canadian authors challenge normative practice. Valuing dialogic and multi-vocal approaches, three different contexts across sites and age groups invite consideration. Traces, entanglements and video all contribute to the ‘liveliness’ of the unfolding narrations, telling more than is ‘known’.

Introduction

This chapter explores the liveliness of pedagogical narrations, a documentation practice. We begin by contextualizing our work, including how we understand and engage with the process and how postfoundationalism shapes our engagement. We follow this with three stories focusing on the dialogical. Denise shares moments from a textile inquiry with young ...

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