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The Contribution of Documentation to the Quality of Early Childhood Education [microform] / Lilian G. Katz and Sylvia C. Chard
Bib ID 5592544
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Katz, Lilian G
Online Versions
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1996 
3 p. 

ERIC Digest.


Documentation, in the forms of observation of children and recordkeeping, has long been practiced in many early childhood programs, particularly in the preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. Documentation typically includes samples of children's work at several stages of completion; photographs showing work in progress; comments by teachers working with the children; transcriptions of children's discussions; and parents' comments. High-quality documentation of children's work contributes to the quality of early childhood programs in at least six ways. First, documentation enhances children's learning. The processes of preparing and displaying documentaries of children's efforts provides a kind of re-visiting of experience during which new understandings are clarified and strengthened. Second, careful and attractive documentary displays convey to children that their efforts are taken seriously. Third, documentation encourages continuous teacher planning and evaluation of work with children. When teachers and children plan together, activities are likely to be undertaken with greater interest and representational skill than when children plan alone or when teachers are unaware of challenges facing the children. Fourth, documentation fosters parent appreciation and participation. Through learning about the work in which their children are engaged, parents may contribute ideas for activities to teachers and their own time in the classroom. Fifth, teacher research and process awareness is fostered by documentation. As teachers examine and document children's work, their understanding of children's development is deepened in ways not likely to occur from inspecting test results. Sixth, children's learning is made visible through documentation, which provides information about children's progress that cannot be obtained from standardized tests. When children are engaged in absorbing and complex projects, documentation can make a contribution in these six ways. (BC)


Sponsoring Agency: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.

Contract Number: RR93002007.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Classroom Techniques.  |  Early Childhood Education.  |  Parent Participation.  |  Portfolio Assessment.  |  Preschool Children.  |  Reggio Emilia Approach.  |  Student Projects.  |  Teacher Student Relationship.  |  Project Approach (Katz and Chard)
Form/genre ERIC Publications.  |  ERIC Digests in Full Text.
Other authors/contributors Chard, Sylvia C., author  |  ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education
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