Journeys: Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Practices through Pedagogical Narration

By Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, Fikile Nxumalo, Laurie Kocher, Enid Elliot, and Alejandra Sanchez

© 2014

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.

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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.

Journeys: Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Practices through Pedagogical Narration

By Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, Fikile Nxumalo, Laurie Kocher, Enid Elliot, and Alejandra Sanchez

© 2014

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.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    This is an exciting book that will add much-needed provocation to the conversation about children, childhood, families, and the learning and teaching that goes alongside them.
    Patrick Lewis, University of Regina

    This impressive collaborative effort critically explores the complexities of pedagogical narration in ways that demonstrate its potential to foster responsive, ethical, and social justice–focused approaches to early childhood education and care. Accessible and effectively organized, the volume enables readers to engage in critical thinking about the provocative narratives offered. The book will undoubtedly inspire the kinds of 'complicated dialogues' the authors invite child care professionals to engage in.
    Luigi Iannacci, Trent University

    Journeys offers a rich account of the collaborative work of a group of Canadian educators who have used pedagogical narration to question long–standing practices in early childhood education and care. Their journeys have produced a book overflowing with ideas that students, educators, researchers, and scholars can return to again and again to invigorate theory and practice.
    Rachel Langford, Ryerson University
  • Author Information

    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.
  • Table of contents

    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
    British Columbia Early Learning Framework Implementation Project

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