Pedagogical documentation as a curriculum tool: Making children’s outdoor learning visible in a childcare centre in Singapore

Xuan Ru TAN, Weipeng YANG

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Abstract

The Singapore government has laid out a regulation for daily minimum time spent outdoors and the Outdoor Learning Guide (OLG) to support children’s outdoor experiences in full-day childcare programmes. However, there is scarce research on young children’s outdoor learning experiences from children’s and teachers’ perspectives. This study aims to make sense of children’s outdoor learning using the child-sensitive tool – pedagogical documentation – in a Singapore childcare centre. It highlights the value of outdoor learning experiences for children as well as teachers’ views of outdoor learning through the implementation of pedagogical documentation. Pedagogical documentation as an in-depth, qualitative research approach has allowed us to generate two learning stories, revealing the impact of children’s outdoor learning experiences on their social-emotional development and learning dispositions. Additionally, the reflective discussions with teachers uncovered their perspectives of outdoor learning and pedagogical knowledge. Pedagogical documentation made children’s outdoor learning visible while keeping a balance between children’s and teachers’ voices. Copyright © 2022 EECERA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-295
JournalEuropean Early Childhood Education Research Journal
Volume30
Issue number2
Early online date03 Mar 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Citation

Tan, X. R., & Yang, W. (2022). Pedagogical documentation as a curriculum tool: Making children’s outdoor learning visible in a childcare centre in Singapore. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 30(2), 281-295. doi: 10.1080/1350293X.2022.2046839

Keywords

  • Early childhood curriculum
  • Learning stories
  • Outdoor learning
  • Pedagogical documentation
  • Professional learning

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