Observing Young Children: Transformative Inquiry, Pedagogical Documentation, and Reflection, 6th Edition
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The sixth edition of Observing Young Children continues to focus on promoting and encouraging pedagogically sound observation and documentation practices in early childhood settings as a collaborative, meaningful, and reflective learning experience and process. This product encourages students to take time to reflect and inquire through a variety of lenses, including responsive inclusive approach, sociocultural theory, Indigenous perspectives, developmental theory, and more. It is through observation that students can develop new and transformative ways of education and learning. This text and the accompanying NelsonStudy allow students to explore and discover a new world of interacting and working with children.
- *NEW* The sixth edition has been updated to reflect the ongoing changes occurring in the early childhood profession and in the global community.
- *NEW* The authors took into consideration the 94 Calls to Action document prepared by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and, based on it, have included more coverage of Indigenous populations and perspective.
- Appreciative inquiry and reflection remain at the heart of all chapters, prompting readers to reflect upon different examples and questions to self-assess their own observation and pedagogical documentation practices.
- The textbook is divided into three parts. Part 1 sets the stage for students by covering key framework concepts. Part 2 introduces a variety of observational tools and how they can be used in the observation cycle and portfolios. Part 3 is the lens of reflective, transformative practices, including early intervention and early identification.
- Chapter 3 includes coverage of the writing process with concrete, practical examples, guidelines, and suggestions.
- Four-colour design, with colour photos, makes this edition visually interesting and engaging.
- An Advantages/Disadvantages section for each of the observational methods in Chapter 4 and 5 has been included in NelsonStudy to allow readers to determine which best suits their purpose for observing.
- NelsonStudy brings course concepts to life with engaging and interactive learning tools, including self-study practice quizzes, videos, interactive exercises, and more. Students easily access NelsonStudy online from any device—no set up, just success!
Table of Contents
- Part One: Observation, Pedagogical Documentation, and the Responsive Inclusive Observer
- Chapter 1: What Is Observation?
- Chapter 2: Preparing to Observe: Ethics, Rights, and the Cycle of Observation
- Chapter 3: Learning to Document the Activity of Children
- Part Two: Meaningful Observation and Authentic Pedagogical Documentation
- Chapter 4: Observing and Documenting Spontaneous Thinking and Behaviours
- Chapter 5: Observing and Documenting Targeted Behaviours
- Part Three: Through the Lens of Reflective, Transformative Practices
- Chapter 6: Informing Pedagogical Practice through the Lens of Reflection
- Chapter 7: Informing Practice through the Lens of Early Identification
- Chapter 8: Reflective and Transformative: Observer as Leader