Early Years: An International Research Journal
Since it’s a call for papers, I reproduce it in full (and assume that’s ok!):
“There has never been more solid evidence of the benefit for individuals as well as for society of having access to high quality early childhood education programmes. Investment in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) is increasing all over the world, but at the same time politicians want more evidence to justify spending money on young children. Developments in theoretical perspectives have resulted in a focus on pedagogical documentation, not only as a medium to chart children’s progression and centre activities but also to make professional pedagogy more accessible and transparent for parents and the wider community. Bearing in mind the increasing diversity of families using early childhood provision, this democratising potential of documentation needs to be researched more fully.
This Special Issue will highlight current research in the area of documentation and how it relates to child-focused assessment, centre-focused evaluation/quality improvement and community-focused participation. How is documentation used? Does documentation lead to better opportunities for children to learn? Does documentation lead to improved quality of provision in ECEC? What does documentation mean for children, practitioners and families? What does children’s own documentation look like? Has documentation become a catch-all term for a wide variety of approaches, and how can it contribute to children’s learning and wellbeing? These are some critical research questions, but you as a researcher may have others that we look forward to hearing about!
Each article will be around 6000 words in length, including references and tables, and all submissions will be blind peer-reviewed, according to the journal’s policy. Please email your abstract (up to 500 words) to the Guest Editors by 1st September 2013:”
Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Marjatta Kalliala, University of Helsinki, Finland