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.

Situating Pedagogical Documentation in a Democratic Context

Situating Pedagogical Documentation in a Democratic Context
Andrew Stremmel

South Dakota State University

In his classic book, Leadership without Easy Answers, Ron Heifetz (1994) claims that leaders must be risk-takers who can move an organization beyond the conventional and the status quo. He suggests that leaders must have courage to foster the difficult conversations that members of organizations avoid or lack the skills to begin. When reading the three chapters in this section, I was struck by how Heifetz’s ideas on leadership resonate with the ideas presented. In Chapters 11 and 12, educational leadership is portrayed differently than it is conventionally understood and practiced. Educational leaders are encouraged to reposition themselves and teachers, and to develop in teachers adaptive capacity, ...

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