1st Edition

Assessment and Documentation in Early Childhood Education

ISBN 9780415661263
Published January 27, 2014 by Routledge
160 Pages

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Book Description

Documentation in early childhood education is typically seen as a means to enhance the quality of care and education, and as a way to take account of the child’s view.


Assessment and Documentation in Early Childhood Education considers the increasing trend towards systematic child documentation especially in early childhood institutions. The authors present ways in which assessment and evaluation is done sometimes explicitly but more often implicitly in these practices, and explore its means, aims, forms, and functions. They also examine the rationalities of child documentation from the perspective of professional practice and professionalism and suggest that documentation and assessment practices can weaken and constrain but also empower and strengthen teachers, children and parents. Topics explored include:

  • Different forms of documentation and assessment
  • Documentation and listening to the children
  • Dilemmas of assessment and documentation
  • Participation by children
  • Involvement of parents

This timely book will be appealing for those studying in the field of early childhood education, teacher education, special education, general education, social work, counselling, psychology, sociology, childhood studies, and family studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  I A VIEW ON CURRICULA, DIDAKTIK AND TEACHERS  2. Assessment and documentation in the ECE curriculum – a focus on the Nordic tradition  3. Different forms of documentation and assessment in ECE  4. Teachers in intensified assessment and documentation practices – a didaktik approach  II AUDITING THE CHILD  5. Documentation and listening to the children  6. The ‘normal’ child  III PARENTHOOD ON FOCUS  7. The governance and the pedagogicalization of parents  8. Parenthood between offline and online – about assessment and documentation  IV CONCLUSION  9. Dilemmas of assessment and documentation

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Maarit Alasuutari is Professor of Social Work (FT) at the University of JyvÀskylÀ, Finland.

Ann-Marie Markström is Associate Professor in Education at Linköping University, Sweden.

Ann-Christine Vallberg-Roth is Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Centre for Profession Studies (CPS) at the University of Malmö, Sweden.


'Chapter 4 is particularly enlightening in the way it supports the Early Years Foundation Stage aim to reduce unnecessary paperwork, and because it values a 'quality not quantity' approach by looking deeply into the purposes for assessment and documentation in the early years.' - Early Years Educator Magazine