Documentation making learning visible

  • As a strategy to inform policy and political advocacy.
  • As a context for rich collaboration.
  • Creating a context for listening, supporting our capacity to pay attention to children’s wonderings and curiosities.
  • Giving visibility to the hundred languages.
  • Inviting children’s agency (voice).
Dr Alma Fleet
Pedagogical documentation: What are we talking about?

As an Honorary Associate Professor at Macquarie University, Sydney, and consultant with Semann & Slattery, Dr Alma Fleet has particular interests in practitioner inquiry and pedagogical documentation as empowering vehicles for educational change. Alma believes that despite international interest in pedagogical documentation, there is limited research about this vehicle of professional practice. Her presentation will offer textual analysis of three edited publications written about pedagogical documentation to enable greater understanding of this landscape.

Dr Nicole Leggett
Making creative thinking of children visible through documentation.

Dr Nicole Leggett is Senior Lecturer with the University of Newcastle.

Creative Collaborations was a recent project funded by the University of Newcastle involving three early childhood centres in Correggio, Italy, and four early childhood centres from the Hunter/Central Coast region of NSW, Australia. Nicole will share her research which centred around the following questions

What are the beliefs and conceptualisations of educators from early childhood centres in Italy and Australia regarding children’s creative thinking? And; How are educators documenting creative processes of children?  

Jana Mollison
Progettazione in a primary school context: A collaborative process.

Jana Mollison is a passionate Primary Educator with an interest in the principles of the educational project of Reggio Emilia, STEAM, sustainability education and innovative learning environments.  Jana’s presentation will outline her journey of implementing progettazione through a process of ongoing documentation in a primary school setting. Through sharing examples of projects she has worked on with children over the past five years, Jana will examine how technology and planning tools can be used effectively to collaborate, to plan and document projects. as well as be used to organise children’s wonderings, questions, photos and observations and use them meaningfully throughout a project.


Dr Andi Salamon

Documenting emotional capital practices: Intentional participatory research and play-based learning with infants

Dr Andi Salamon is a teacher and researcher at Charles Sturt University and has recently undertaken a research project about infants’ practices funded by the Jean Denton Memorial Scholarship.

This presentation presents a research project that documented an innovative concept of infants’ ‘emotional capital practices’ (ECPs) in infant pedagogy, that can help reconcile problematic concepts of infants’ ‘voice’, agency and participation rights with the observable practices they engage in. Andi will outline how project aims and outcomes were achieved, and the unexpected outcomes of infants’ active participation in play-based learning that emerged through critical, ethical, and intentional research approaches and guided the findings of the project.