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Pedagogical Documentation in Early Childhood

Pedagogical Documentation in Early Childhood:
Sharing Children's Learning and Teachers' Thinking

Author: Susan Stacey
Product Code: 543918
ISBN: 978-1-60554-391-8
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North American educators were first introduced to the idea of pedagogical documentation through work of the preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. Canadian and U.S. educators have responded with an eager desire to try the process within their own practices. Nevertheless, producing documentation that is thoughtful, meaningful, and aesthetically pleasing is a challenge. Pedagogical Documentation—filled with examples from the author as well as new and seasoned educators from across North America-will guide you through the process. Pedagogical documentation is an examination of the learning taking place in children and supports reflective practice and decision-making in teachers. Pedagogical documentation is a powerful tool for communicating a child's learning to families.

Age focus: 3–8. Softbound, 144 pgs.

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by Shirley Rempel
on 1/3/2016
Amazing Resource!
I am very honored that I have this amazing book in my collection of early childhood education resources. It is probably one that I have referenced a ton in the last few months. In the Province I live, we are slowly releasing a curriculum framework that is based on emergent curriculum and the philosophy of Reggio Emilia child care. One of the features of these two philosophies is documentation. So I was very excited to be able to read Pedagogical Documentation in Early Childhood by Susan Stacey as a way to prepare for the new changes coming my way.

The book outlines the importance of documentation in the ECE classroom and how to do it effectively. The book is very well written and includes fantastic photography that correlates to the information given by the author. I am still processing so much of what I have read but I know over the next few months I will be making a ton of changes in how I do documentation, observations and recording of the children and their activities in my family child care program.This is a valuable resource that all ECE programs should have in their program libraries.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
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Review by: James Cox, The Educatin Shelf, CA Bookwatch - September 15, 2015
"Pedagogical Documentation in Early Childhood defines the process of pedagogical documentation and asks what a classroom experience says about a child's ideas and learning process, providing keys to creating the kinds of documentation that help foster and explain children's explorations. References and research blends with an overview that teaches how documentation is applied, analyzed, and how it contributes to both a child's experience and family and educator discussions. Photos and diagrams accompany text instructions to provide specific insights on such documentation, offering early childhood educators all the tools to put such documentation into play and make it work for everyone, making for a top pick for any early childhood reference library."
Review by: Dr. Diane Kashin, RECE, Professor, Ryerson University - January 30, 2015
"Susan Stacey's new book takes the reader on a journey of the transformational possibilities of pedagogical documentation. Susan interweaves the theory and practice beautifully and the photographs of the projects and documentation give readers real-life examples to inspire their journey. It takes time, but Pedagogical Documentation in Early Childhood is an excellent first stop on your journey of transformation."
Review by: Gretchen Reynolds, Early Childhood Education, Algonquin College - January 29, 2015
Three cheers to Susan for writing this book! Its timing is perfect—teachers are more ready than ever to use pedagogical documentation effectively to make children's thinking and work visible. Susan offers exciting, practical suggestions for using familiar and new technological tools to create documentation that communicates with families and children.
Susan reminds us that documentation is more useful than as a display of interesting events in a classroom. With pedagogical documentation a teacher pays close attention to children's thinking during the process of inquiry into a topic. A teacher listens and responds as children question, explore, interact, pose theories, and investigate.
Susan shows us how documentation is an act of reciprocity wherein a teacher offers her response to children's work through photos, narration, and speculation. Documentation is collaboration - when shared with a child it too becomes an object of study. Documentation is pedagogical practice that helps teachers reach beyond their certainties to consider what may be possible. We are sensitized to what is our edge and are helped to vision what may be.
Pedagogical documentation honors and respects children's thinking and capacities.
Review by: Elizabeth Jones, Faculty emerita, Pacific Oaks College, Author - January 29, 2015
How do we know if they're learning? How do we know if we're teaching? By documenting what happens and reflecting on it together.
What's documentation? It's saving and sharing our stories to create mutual learning experiences for teachers and children and parents - in the author's words,"bringing families and other interested readers into the complex circle of thinking that is teaching." And the children join the construction team as they think further about their experience in response to genuine questions.
Want to learn how it's done? Open this book and begin your discovery of everything you ever wanted to know about authentic assessment.
Review by: Margie Carter, Co-author of Designs for Living and Learning - January 12, 2015
"Stacey reminds us that the value of documentation goes beyond an attractive display on the wall. She says, 'Documentation at its best leads to reflection and dialogue.' This book goes on to offer a number of valuable and practical examples of how to focus the work of pedagogical documentation.
If we are to put the idea of teacher research into real life, pedagogical documentation is a cornerstone. Stacey's very practical book brings the practice to life."

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