Understanding Pedagogic Documentation in Early Childhood Education: Revealing and Reflecting on High Quality Learning and Teaching, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Understanding Pedagogic Documentation in Early Childhood Education

Revealing and Reflecting on High Quality Learning and Teaching, 1st Edition

Edited by Joao Formosinho, Jan Peeters


80 pages

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Much more than simply recording events, pedagogical documentation is a revolutionary educational approach that enables practitioners to capture and understand the ways in which children learn and think. Exploring the use of pedagogic documentation across five different cultures, this book offers a unique insight into the conditions and methods through which pedagogical documentation might become an effective means of connecting teaching and learning.

By drawing on theory, research-based evidence and practice, Understanding Pedagogic Documentation in Early Childhood Education reveals pedagogic documentation as an instigator for critical reflection on practice, for the creation of new pedagogical approaches and improvements in quality. Observing and documenting the lived educational experience of children and practitioners is emphasised as a means of acknowledging their voice and rights, of revealing their knowledge, their competences, their attitudes and dispositions to learning. Offering contextualised approaches and considering the challenges involved in observing and documenting day-to-day practice in early childhood settings, chapters encourage professionals to reflect and recognise the value of documentation for children, staff members and the wider community.

Making a crucial contribution to the debates on pedagogical documentation, Understanding Pedagogic Documentation in Early Childhood Education offers researchers, students, policy-makers and professionals a comprehensive, and multicultural perspective on pedagogical documentation.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Introduction to the EECERA book series

Chris Pascal and Tony Bertram



João Formosinho and Jan Peeters


Chapter 1: Learning Stories: Pedagogic Practices and Provocations

Margaret Carr and Wendy Lee


Chapter 2: Developing pedagogic documentation: children and educators learning the narrative mode

Júlia Oliveira-Formosinho and Joana de Sousa


Chapter 3: Critical reflection, identity, interaction: Italian and Belgian experiences in building democracy through pedagogical documentation

Nima Sharmahd and Jan Peeters


Chapter 4: Pedagogical documentation as a shared experience of understanding childhood

Elisabetta Biffi



About the Editors

João Formosinho is Professor of the Portuguese Catholic University, Lisbon and Oporto, and the University of Minho Portugal.

Jan Peeters is Senior Researcher and Consultant at the Centre for Innovation in the Early Years, Ghent University, Belgium.

About the Series

Towards an Ethical Praxis in Early Childhood

From Research into Practice

Written in association with the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA), titles in this series will reflect the latest developments and most current research and practice in early childhood education on a global level. Feeding into and supporting the further development of the discipline as an exciting and urgent field of research and high academic endeavour, the series carries a particular focus on knowledge and reflection, which has huge relevance and topicality for those at the front line of decision making and professional practice.

Rather than following a linear approach of research to practice, this series offers a unique fusion of research, theoretical, conceptual and philosophical perspectives, values and ethics, and professional practice, which has been termed ‘Ethical Praxis’.

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