Learning to Document (as a counterfoil to knowing)

“Pedagogical documentation is the teacher’s story of the  movement of children’s understanding.” (np)

Pedagogical documentation is a research story, built upon a  question or inquiry “owned by” the teachers, children, or others, about the  learning of children. It reflects a disposition of not presuming to know, and  of asking how the learning occurs, rather than assuming—as in transmission  models of learning—that learning occurred because teaching occurred. With  standardized curriculum, once teaching has occurred, there is a tendency to  assume that learning may be tested. Thus pedagogical documentation is a counterfoil  to the positioning of the teacher as  all-knowing judge of learning.” (np)

Ref: Carol Anne Wien York University with Victoria Guyevskey & Noula Berdoussis (2011) Learning to Document in Reggio-inspired Education in ECRP (Early Childhood Research & Practice) 13(2) online journal

Note, the abstract for this article states: “This article discusses how  teachers in child care and elementary schools learn to work with  Reggio-inspired pedagogical documentation. While teachers grasp the value of  such documentation theoretically, it is most challenging but exciting to use in  practical settings. Documentation illuminates teacher theories about children’s  understanding: watching such theories change through study of documentation and  further teacher research profoundly influences professional development. This  article outlines five aspects in a progression in learning to document: (1) developing  the habits of documenting, (2) “going public” with recountings of activities, (3)  exploring the visual literacy of graphic displays, (4) making children’s  theories visible, and (5) sharing visible theories with others for the purpose  of further interpretation and curriculum decision making. Two stories of teachers  learning to document are shared—one showing a teacher’s attempt to make one  child’s theory visible and one showing a teacher’s “documentation strips”  developed for revisiting theories with children.” (np)


About backyardbooks

This blog is a kind of electronic storage locker for ideas and quotes that inform my research... literary research into fiction for young adults (with a special focus on New Zealand fiction). Kiwis are producing amazing literature for younger readers, but it isn't getting the academic appreciation it deserves. I hope readers of this blog can make use of the material I gather and share by way of promoting our fiction. Cheers!
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