Teacher as Researcher: Unpacking the practice of Pedagogical Documentation

workshopsThe pedagogical practice of documentation is an essential aspect of the work undertaken in the Municipal infant and toddler centres and preschools in Reggio Emilia.

Documentation supports the educator to:

  • Better understand children’s ideas, interests and learning styles;  
  • Reflect on/study their own teaching practice and curriculum design;
  • Create opportunities for parents to encounter their children’s learning;

This workshop is in three parts which build into each other (i.e. a total of 10 hours across x 3 interfacing sessions).

Thursday evening 24th April 2014

We will meet at the EtonHouse Education Centre, 4th Floor Haw Par Glass Tower, 178 Clemenceau Avenue from 4.30-7.30 to discuss what it means to be a documentor of children’s thinking and learning (teacher as researcher) and some of the theoretical underpinnings of pedagogical documentation (observation, interpretation/reflection); We will discuss observational techniques which support child and parent participation; documentation for re-visiting and children’s reflection on their own learning;

Saturday 26th April 2014, 9.00- 1.00

We will meet at EtonHouse International Pre-School, 718 Mountbatten for the hands-on session of this workshop. Participants will work in small groups to collect observational data/artefacts which we will then analyse and discuss together. To support participation in this workshop, participants are asked to bring with them:

  • A clipboard and A4 paper;
  • A camera with which they are familiar and a USB connection port to allow for downloading of photos onto laptops;
  • A voice recorder to support documentation of comments and questions;

Thursday 1st May 2014, 4.30-7.30

In this third and final session of the workshop, participants will be supported to present their documentation to create opportunities for dialogue and further analysis.


workshops2To ensure opportunities for genuine participation, workshop numbers will be limited to 25 participants. As each session builds into each other session, a commitment to attend across all three dates is sought by participants.

  • Should numbers exceed 25 participants, a second date will be offered, a waiting list created and the workshop repeated;
  • EtonHouse 718 is ideally suited for wet weather participation, with covered walkways extending into the playground, so the workshop will be able to proceed even if the weather is a little drizzly. If the morning looks like being wet, we ask participants to please bring umbrellas and clothing suitable for the being outdoors in light rain;

Cost for three sessions (10 hours):  

  • REACH members: SGD $100.00 (inclusive of GST for the three sessions).
  • Non REACH member: SGD $150.00 for the three sessions (inclusive of GST)

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