Inspired by the idea of documentation as a valuable tool for making learning visible, pedagogical narration offers an opportunity to move beyond checklists and quick answers to a more complex understanding of how children learn, and how teachers might facilitate and support that learning in innovative ways. The authors use stories they collected during a collaborative study to offer a range of possibilities for alternative childhood pedagogies. Cutting edge, yet practical; detailed in its analysis, yet inspiring, this book is a boon to the field of early childhood and primary education studies.
Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw is Professor of Early Childhood Studies at the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria. Fikile Nxumalo is a doctoral candidate in the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria. Laurie Kocher is an instructor in the Early Childhood Education Department at Douglas College. Enid Elliot is an instructor in Early Learning and Care at Camosun College and an adjunct faculty member in the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria. Alejandra Sanchez is an instructor in the Early Childhood Education Department at Douglas College.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Beginning Locating Ourselves How to Use This Book 1. Engaging with Complexity Creating a Collaborative Critically Reflective Community Connections and Disruptions: Encounters with Diverse Perspectives Rethinking Professional Development Collaborative Action Research and Politicizing Practice Rethinking Quality in the Early Childhood Education Field Shifting Our Focus from Understanding Practice to Complexifying Practices 2. Reflecting Critically Bringing a Critical Perspective to Child Development What Do We Mean by Critical Reflection? Critical Reflection and Political Intentionality Theoretical Tools for Critical Reflection Pedagogical Narration: A Tool for Critical Reflection From Reflection to Diffraction 3. Challenging Assumptions Images of the Child Images of the Educator Images of the Family Challenging Assumptions Complexifies the Learning Journey Pedagogical Narrations in the Making: From Our Work with Educators Princesses and Pirates The Tiara Becoming Rapunzel Entangled Bodies Building a Fort 4. Thinking Together Pedagogical Narration as a Tool to Complexify Practices Documenting Children's Learning across Three Contexts Reggio Emilia: Pedagogical Documentation The McDonaldization of Pedagogical Documentation Pedagogical Documentation as a Discourse of Meaning-Making Pedagogical Narration as a Political Tool Pedagogical Narration as a Vehicle for Public Dialogue Pedagogical Narration as a Materializing Apparatus of Knowing 5. Opening to Possibilities Engaging with Pedagogical Narrations through Multiple Lenses Postfoundational Perspectives Opening to Multiple Perspectives Complexifies the Learning Journey 6. Opening to Ethics Inviting an Ethical Approach into Our Practice Pedagogical Narration as a Nomadic Ethical Act Centring Ethical Potentials in Our Practice Staying in Motion Understanding Our Language: A Glossary Appendix: Project Summaries Investigating Quality (IQ) Project British Columbia Early Learning Framework Implementation Project References Index
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