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.

Pedagogical Documentation: Where To From Here?

Pedagogical Documentation: Where To From Here?
Pedagogical Documentation: Where To From Here?
Janet RobertsonAlma FleetCatherine Patterson

Sifting through the narratives that were told and the issues that were raised, this chapter highlights complexities while leaving readers to make their own sense of the provocations being offered.

Introduction

In this book, we have offered perspectives across a range of people invested in pedagogical documentation, from the youngest children being part of their own documenting, to four-year-olds dancing their interpretations, to processes associated with supporting educators in this work. Pedagogical documentation has been positioned as a ‘wicked problem’ and portrayed as a site of curious, respectful and constantly unfolding decision-making. These decisions have been shown to respect materials as diverse as bamboo reeds, large paper bags and video clips. It ...

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