Going digital: Understanding paper and photo documentation practices in early childhood education

Anne Marie Piper*, Sarah D'Angelo, James D. Hollan

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Documentation of development is a critical aspect of the work of early childhood education teachers. Through field observations and interviews, we detail the process and tools used in documenting development for children age three months to five-years-old at one school. Teachers use paper forms and printed photos to record and analyze observations of development. The evolving final product is a paper portfolio of development. This practice relies heavily on the teacher's ability to objectively observe children in situ, create a record of the activity, and make salient the link between evidence and developmental milestones. We describe current paper and photo documentation practices in light of an online record keeping system that will be introduced at this school within the next year. The present analysis contributes to a growing literature on the role of paper and digital media in documentation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCSCW 2013 - Proceedings of the 2013 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
Pages1319-1328
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 18 2013
Event2013 2nd ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 2013 - San Antonio, TX, United States
Duration: Feb 23 2013Feb 27 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW

Other

Other2013 2nd ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 2013
CountryUnited States
CitySan Antonio, TX
Period2/23/132/27/13

Keywords

  • Documentation
  • Education
  • Paper
  • Photos
  • Preschool

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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