Canadian educators are becoming increasingly aware of the growing possibilities of pedagogical documentation to reveal the emotional, social, physical, and intellectual capacities of young children. The use of pedagogical documentation is inspired by the educators of Reggio Emilia, Italy in their approach to early childhood education and is being interpreted in Canada in a myriad of early learning contexts.
When we consider pedagogical documentation as a way to listen for children's understandings we might also become aware of our own socio-cultural experiences. Our unique understandings filter our interpretations and, as we clamber to understand children using pedagogical documentation, we have a desire to expand our field of experience and meet, discuss, and collaborate with others working in this way. I will share my own learning, reflections and observations in the journal section of this site.
This site has been created as a response to this desire to learn some ways Canadians are defining, creating, interpreting and using pedagogical documentation. It is offered as a way to increase the capacity of individuals and systems that are working alongside one another in their pursuit of understanding. On a regular basis profiles will be posted here of people closely connected to pedagogical documentation. It is my hope that this public forum might promote the expansion of ideas as people make connections and share resources.
On the Associations page You will find links to various organizations mentioned by the individuals featured on the profile pages. The organizations featured are for information purposes only.
On the resources page You will find a collection of helpful books, articles and media related to the Reggio Emilia approach, emergent curriculum, pedagogical documentation and similar topics.
I am a doctoral student interested in pedagogical documentation as a way to alter perceptions, awaken understandings, and encourage an appreciation toward children as active and valued participants in society.
Doctoral Student, MEd, OCT, RECE
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