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Teachers’ actions and children’s interests: Quality becomings in preschool documentation
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Learning, Aesthetics, Natural science. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2230-4772
2017 (English)In: Nordisk Barnehageforskning, ISSN 1890-9167, E-ISSN 1890-9167, Vol. 14, no 2, 1-17 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

High quality is considered to be important for children’s development and learning in early childhood education. Swedish preschool teachers are required to systematically develop their practice and support children’s learning, using documentation and taking children’s interests into account. From a posthumanist perspective, preschool documentation, models and templates could be seen as actively producing certain elements of quality.  Reading  documentation from eight Swedish preschool groups diffractively through different texts, such as the national curriculum, supportive texts and research, this article discusses how teachers’ actions and children’s interests are produced as important quality aspects in one of these groups.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus , 2017. Vol. 14, no 2, 1-17 p.
Keyword [en]
Documentation, Early childhood education, Posthumanism, Preschool quality
National Category
Pedagogical Work Pedagogy Didactics Learning Specific Languages
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-136693DOI: 10.7577/nbf.1756OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-136693DiVA: diva2:1089806
Available from: 2017-04-21 Created: 2017-04-21 Last updated: 2017-04-21Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Production and Products of Preschool Documentation: Entanglements of children, things, and templates
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Production and Products of Preschool Documentation: Entanglements of children, things, and templates
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
Produktion och produkter av dokumentation i förskolan : Sammanflätningar av barn, ting och mallar
Abstract [en]

The objective of the present study is to produce knowledge about how children, things, documents, computers, teachers, templates and other entities take part in and produce documentation in preschool systematic quality development work. The thesis asks questions about how and what is produced as quality in preschool documentation. Through a posthumanist agential realist approach, the study engages empirically in video recordings of preschool documentation practices from one Swedish preschool, and in documentation from four other Swedish preschools.

The results, presented in four articles, show that documentation practice is complex and entangled with a variety of entities, human and non-human, and spaces and time. The study shows how children’s participation in production of documentation does not depend on which documentation method is used. In the study, objects such as computers, images and coloured labels, together with teachers’ attitudes and agendas, have an impact on the way that children are involved in producing documentation. The results also show that the products of documentation, intra-acting with a local template, with past and present preschool traditions and policies, produce rather than represent certain elements of quality such as teachers’ actions, children’s interests and thematic work. The thesis produces knowledge about how the focus of preschool documentation shifts away from individual children and towards teachers’ activities, and creates possibilities for what preschool practices and quality may become.

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med föreliggande studie är att producera kunskap om hur barn, ting, dokument, datorer, lärare, mallar och andra entiteter deltar i och producerar dokumentation i förskolans systematiska kvalitetsarbete. I avhandlingen ställs frågor om hur och vad som produceras som kvalitet i dokumentation i förskolan. Utifrån det posthumanistiska perspektivet agentisk realism, skapas empiriskt material med hjälp av videoinspelningar från en svensk förskolas dokumentationspraktik och dokumentation från fyra andra svenska förskolor.

Resultaten presenteras i fyra artiklar och visar att dokumentationspraktiken är komplex och sammanflätad med en mängd olika entiteter, mänskliga och icke-mänskliga, samt med plats och tid. Studien visar hur barns delaktighet i att producera dokumentation inte enbart styrs av den dokumentationsmetod som används. I studien har ting som datorer, bilder och färgade etiketter, tillsammans med lärarnas attityder och agendor, inverkan på det sätt som barn är delaktiga i att producera dokumentation. Resultaten visar också att dokumentationen, i intra-aktion med en lokal mall, med tidigare och rådande traditioner och styrdokument för förskolan, producerar snarare än representerar specifika aspekter av kvalitet, såsom förskollärares aktivitet, barns intressen och tematiskt arbete. Avhandlingen ger kunskap om hur fokus för dokumentation i förskolan förskjuts från enskilda barn mot förskollärares aktivitet, samtidigt som dokumentationen skapar nya möjligheter för vad förskolans verksamhet och kvalitet kan bli.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2017. 120 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Pedagogic Practices, ISSN 1653-0101 ; 31Linköping studies in education and social sciences, 12
Keyword
Early childhood education, preschool practice, preschool documentation, systematic quality development work, agential realism, posthumanism, Förskola, förskolepraktik, dokumentation i förskolan, systematiskt kvalitetsarbete, agentisk realism, posthumanism
National Category
Pedagogical Work Pedagogy Didactics Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-136694 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-136694 (DOI)9789176855539 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-05-12, K1, Kåkenhus, Campus Norrköping, Norrköping, 13:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2017-04-21 Created: 2017-04-21 Last updated: 2017-04-28Bibliographically approved

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