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Pedagogical Documentation in Early Years Practice

Pedagogical Documentation in Early Years Practice
Seeing Through Multiple Perspectives

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July 2017 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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.


Alma Fleet
Chapter 1 The landscape of pedagogical documentation
Lise-Lotte Bjervås and Gunilla Rosendahl
Chapter 2 Pedagogical documentation and pedagogical choices
Nicola Stobbs, Janet Harvell and Michael Reed
Chapter 3 Developing pedagogical documentation within the EYFS curriculum framework
Lasse Lipponen
Commentary: Living with a growing idea
Suallyn Mitchelmore
Chapter 4 The worlds of the very young: Seeing the everyday in small pieces
Marc Richard
Chapter 5 Making learning visible in dance and other creative arts
Sylvia Kind and Adrienne Argent
Chapter 6 Using video in pedagogical documentation: Interpretive and poetic possibilities
Stefania Giamminuti
Commentary: Opening doors and windows
Janet Robertson
Chapter 7 Collaborative decision making within pedagogical documentation
Michael Reed and Nicola Stobbs
Chapter 8 Pedagogic documentation and student learning
Jane Merewether
Chapter 9 Making the outdoors visible in pedagogical documentation
Angela Chng
Chapter 10 Diving into the unknown: The experience of pedagogical documentation at Mia Mia
Maria Cooper and Helen Hedges
Commentary: Posing Big(ger) Ideas and Questions
Rosie Walker, Michael Reed, Nicola Stobbs
Chapter 11 Knowledge and practice of pedagogical documentation: Professional development for educators
Iris Berger
Chapter 12 The potential of pedagogical documentation for leadership enactment
B. Denise Hodgins, Deborah Thompson and Kathleen Kummen
Chapter 13 Weavings, walks and wonderings: Stories of the liveliness of pedagogical narrations
Andrew Stremmel
Commentary: Situating pedagogical documentation internationally
Alma Fleet, Janet Robertson and Catherine Patterson
Chapter 14 Pedagogical Documentation – Where to from here?

This book draws on experiences in Australia, Canada, Sweden, Singapore, UK, USA, to highlight multiple approaches to pedagogical documentation, to share understanding and to help avoid common misinterpretations.

Neil Henty

A fascinating read- one that can open discussions within a seminar environment

Miss marie bradwell
Children and Young People, Plymouth Marjon University
August 28, 2023

A good find, this book is informative and also enables practitioners to look at their own practice in relation to documentation. Practical yet thought provoking, and helpful for students who are undertaking research with children.

Mrs Amanda Crow
Sch of Education & Prof Development, Huddersfield University
March 13, 2019

Really interesting to read the variety of writers approaches to documentation with conclusions to support the drawing together of information.

Mrs Dawn Burnham
Early Years, Farnborough College of Technology
May 22, 2018

Links well to course content

Mrs Terrie Blaszczyk
Froebel College, Roehampton University
August 31, 2017
Key features
Places for Dilly to look at for useful bits to use in Marketing – Chapter 1 discussing the situation in Syria with young children; Chapter 4 the baby an bamboo ped doc moment; Chapter 10 the big paper bag play

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