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Documentation in Early Childhood Research: Practice and Research Informing each Other

Documentation in early childhood research: practice and research informing each other
Margaret CarrBronwen CowieLinda Mitchell


A Definition of Documentation

The discussion of documentation in the early years owes much to the writing on teaching and learning from Carlina Rinaldi and Reggio Emilia about the role of documentation and the theory of ‘the hundred languages’. Referring back to a volume entitled Making Learning Visible (Project Zero and Reggio Children, 2001), produced as a collaboration between Project Zero (at Harvard University) and Reggio Children (at Reggio Emilia), Rinaldi writes about the shift in meaning of the concept of ‘documentation’. She advocates for the role of documentation in ongoing mutual engagement, as a possibility for reflection:

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