Re: Grids

Donald Christie (
Thu, 15 May 1997 19:55:00 +0100

>I am interested in doing research with PCP grids. Has anybody had
>experience using the grid in early childhood education?
>Any informationi or insights would be greatly appreciated. Please respond
>directly. Thanks
>Karen V. Lee
>The University of BC


First, I wonder whether you mean grids in some way to be used by young
children themselves or by those who are concerned with their education. If
it is the latter, you might be interested that my colleague, Joan Menmuir,
and I have been using grids as a tool for refelection for practitioners in
early education for a couple of years here at University of Strathclyde in
Scotland. We hope to give a paper on this at the PCP Southern Interest
Group in Reading, England on June 21.

At the beginning and the end of a Continuing Professional Development
course module we have asked participants to complete grids using children
in their care as elements. The practitioners were encouraged to keep a
learning log and to refer back to their original grid during the module
which was concerned with "Development and Learning". We have found that
practitioners find the grid challenging and of value as a tool for their
learning and reflection. Grids completed at the end of the course showed
in some cases interesting changes in the complexity of construct systems
regarding children.

I would be happy to send you a copy of the paper.

Best wishes from Scotland

Donald Christie

Department of Educational Studies
University of Strathclyde
Jordanhill Campus
Glasgow G13 1PP
Tel +44 141 950 3360 Fax +44 141 950 3367