“My Treasure Box”

Pedagogical documentation, digital portfolios and children’s agency in Finnish early years education

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Abstract

This chapter discusses the opportunities and challenges associated with the
inclusive use of digital portfolios in pedagogical documentation in Finnish early childhood education (ECE), and examines children’s participation and agency in the process. The chapter draws upon empirical data from the research and development programme of three Finnish municipalities and their ECE centres. Altogether, the empirical data comprise the digital portfolios of 71 children from six ECE groups each comprising of children aged 3 to 5 years old.
This writing demonstrates how the construction of digital portfolios in these ECE groups produced a dynamic tension between the adults’ and children’s agency; between digital archiving and narrative documentation of the children’s lived experiences; and between documentation and reflection. The results also indicate how digital portfolios created inequality among the children regarding the ways in which the children were seen and heard in their portfolios, and how they were able to participate and demonstrate agency in this process. The chapter concludes by considering the conditions of participatory work in ECE classrooms in which the child’s agency.
matters.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationParticipatory Research with Young Children
EditorsAngela Eckhoff
Number of pages19
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Publication date2019
Pages105-123
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-19364-5
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-19365-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameEducating the Young Child: Advances in Theory and Research, Implications for Practice
Volume17
ISSN (Print)2543-0610
ISSN (Electronic)2543-0629

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences

Cite this

Kumpulainen, K., & Ouakrim-Soivio, N. (2019). “My Treasure Box”: Pedagogical documentation, digital portfolios and children’s agency in Finnish early years education. In A. Eckhoff (Ed.), Participatory Research with Young Children (pp. 105-123). (Educating the Young Child: Advances in Theory and Research, Implications for Practice; Vol. 17). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-19365-2_7
Kumpulainen, Kristiina ; Ouakrim-Soivio, Najat. / “My Treasure Box” : Pedagogical documentation, digital portfolios and children’s agency in Finnish early years education. Participatory Research with Young Children. editor / Angela Eckhoff. Cham : Springer, 2019. pp. 105-123 (Educating the Young Child: Advances in Theory and Research, Implications for Practice).
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Kumpulainen, K & Ouakrim-Soivio, N 2019, “My Treasure Box”: Pedagogical documentation, digital portfolios and children’s agency in Finnish early years education. in A Eckhoff (ed.), Participatory Research with Young Children. Educating the Young Child: Advances in Theory and Research, Implications for Practice, vol. 17, Springer, Cham, pp. 105-123. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-19365-2_7

“My Treasure Box” : Pedagogical documentation, digital portfolios and children’s agency in Finnish early years education. / Kumpulainen, Kristiina; Ouakrim-Soivio, Najat.

Participatory Research with Young Children. ed. / Angela Eckhoff. Cham : Springer, 2019. p. 105-123 (Educating the Young Child: Advances in Theory and Research, Implications for Practice; Vol. 17).

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Kumpulainen K, Ouakrim-Soivio N. “My Treasure Box”: Pedagogical documentation, digital portfolios and children’s agency in Finnish early years education. In Eckhoff A, editor, Participatory Research with Young Children. Cham: Springer. 2019. p. 105-123. (Educating the Young Child: Advances in Theory and Research, Implications for Practice). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-19365-2_7