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Documentation, assessment and development of the educational activities in preschool

Research project This project focuses on the educational work with systematic evaluation of activities in preschool. It is about how to follow-up, document and analyse children´s development and learning, as well as how to evaluate the teaching and activities that are offered children. A special interest is on how these two parts are put in relation to each other, and how it can contribute to development of activities with good learning conditions for all children.

The aim of this study is to acquire knowledge regarding the educational work with systematic documentation, assessment and development of activities in preschool. The key research questions in the study concern: 1) How do the preschool staff understand the work with documentation, assessment and development in preschool? How can this commitment be achieved systematically under the existing circumstances? 2) How is documentation and analysis of children´s learning and development related to assessment of the teaching practice? What is focused, and how? 3) How can the above, form the basis of development of daily activities? The study is carried out as an action research inspired project at one preschool with five units, where the preschool staff have many years´ experience of work with documentation. The research questions originate from discussions with the teachers and head, and what they emphasised as important questions for improvement in this work. The empirical material consists of group interviews and, participation at planning meetings with each teacher team when documentations are discussed and analysed.

Head of project

Carina Hjelmer
Associate professor

Project overview

Project period:

2017-09-01 2019-12-31


Internally funded, Umeå School of Education, Umeå University

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Applied Educational Science Research, Faculty of Social Sciences

Research area

Educational sciences