The Intersection of Pedagogical Documentation and Teaching Inquiry: A Living Curriculum
Using interpretive research methods, this paper examines the use of pedagogical documentation (PD) as a storied method of assessment and inquiry by in-service K-3 teachers. Our findings show that PD is highly effective in opening “reflective space” for primary teachers and children aged five to eight and inviting co-inquiry to deeper pedagogical examination and interpretation of learning. The intersection of PD as a storied approach to evaluation and in teacher inquiry was implemented in a variety of ways as teachers adapted PD to meet their communal needs and address their professional goals. We conclude with a discussion of the power of digital images in learning stories and inquiry.