All publications and reports of the TRACKs project are ready and available now!

On August 31, 2020, the TRACKs project came to the end. On our website you will find all the publications on the ECEC situation as well as the assumptions and application of the video coaching method prepared during the project, as well as reports enabling the reconstruction of the process of reaching these results.

All publications and reports are available in English and in the national languages of the project: Polish, Italian and Dutch.

Enjoy reading!


One more publication of the TRACKs project

Van wazig naar scherp (‘From blurry to sharp. Video coaching as a motor for qualitative interactions, maximal growth opportunities and more inclusion’) is a brochure in Dutch that the Flemish TRACKs-team has written as an inspirational and practical guide for any teacher, daycare centre professional and out-of-school care worker and his/her team. It offers lots of experiences, tips and tricks, insights and witnesses coming out of the TRACKS-project. It is printed on paper or can be downloaded for free from here.

"To make every child visible - video coaching in practice" - Multiplier Event in Poland - 25 June 2020

In June, a Polish Multiplier Event took place. Due to the limitations caused by the the Sars-Cov2 pandemic it was held online on the platform.

We conducted workshops for two groups, 41 people in total from all over Poland participated. Participants represented kindergartens, nurseries, children's club, primary schools, universities and NGOs.

The agenda of the meeting included a lecture presenting all work in the project and work in groups:

  • Workshop To understand more ... - how to work with video coaching (led by M. Rościszewska-Woźniak, U. Majerska)
  • Workshop Out-door education in Poland? Experiences from the forest kindergarten Leśna Grupa, PIPL and the project LAS Leśna Akademia Sztuki (led by Justyna Gorce-Bałut)























People interested in sharing the lecture "To make every child visible ..." please contact us (

The new publication of the TRACKs project – articles in Infanzia!

We are happy to annouce a new publication of the TRACKs project. In the spring issue of the "Infanzia" journal (Aprile / Giugno 2020) we had the opportunity to present our project and its results. It is great because it is a practice-oriented journal  that reaches practitioners: kindergarten teachers, child care workers and educators.

We have presented the assumptions of the method and its theoretical foundations:

- article by Arianna Lazzarri Introduzione. Sviluppare la riflessività di educatori e insegnanti: la pratica della video-analisi

- article by Lucia Balduzzi Il contributo della video-analisi nel campo della ricerca nella prima infanzia)

And the national specificity:

- article by Jan de Mets and Sofie Verschaeve presenting the Belgian (Flemish) context "From blurred to sharp”: il video-coaching come strumento per riflettere sull'importanza di interazioni educative di qualità nei servizi per l'infanzia,

- article by Chiara Dalledonne Vandini, Daria Quaglia and Daniela Turco Liverani on Italy (Emilia Romagna) - Sostenere la riflessività di educatori e insegnanti attraverso la video-analisi per creare contesti inclusivi: lo studio di caso italiano;

- article by Magdalena Ślusarczyk characterizing the case of Poland - Per coinvolgere tutti i bambini... Servizi per l’infanzia inclusivi per bambini e famiglie che provengono da gruppi svantaggiati: lo studio di caso polacco

The publication in Italian language, is available here

Fifth transnational meeting of the TRACKs team in Bolonia, 28-29 November 2019

We met in Italy in the fall. During this meeting, we discussed the final form of a practical supplement to our video coaching method handbook (Toolbox. Outlines for using video analysis and video coaching as a tool for professionalizing ECEC workforce and training future ECEC professionals). It will be a repository illustrating the application of the method and presenting the entire course of our work in the project, showing also the specificity of national teams.

Stay tuned!

Article in Italian Journal of Educational Reseach

We are pleased to inform you about the article regarding the research realized in TRACKs project. The article entitled The Contributions of Video-Analysis in Early Childhood Education and Care Research authored by Valientina Migliarini, Arianna Lazzari, Lucia Balduzzi, Jan De Mets and Magdalena Ślusarczyk has been published in „Italian Journal of Educational Reseach” („Giornale Italiano della Ricerca Educativa”) no 23/2019, an open access scientific journal.

The paper presents a review of the literature on the use of video-analysis in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) contexts. The purpose of conducting such review emerged from the needs of exploring possibilities and limitations of video-analysis as a research mediational tool in ECEC services, especially in a European context. Constituting an integral task of a project, this review considers English language studies and studies written in the languages of the project partner countries (i.e. Italy, Poland and Belgium/Flanders).

The narrative synthesis of the studies considered develops around three emerging areas in which video-analysis in ECEC has been used already, namely:

(1) teachers/parents/community’s reflection, consciousness and empowerment;

(2) diversity and inclusion;

(3) interaction children-educator.

The paper ends with a final conclusion on the relevance of video-analysis for ECEC practitioners’ professional development and collaborative growth.


The article is available here

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Inclusion or illusion? Results of the TRACKs project at the 17th Polish Sociological Congress in Wrocław, 11-14 September 2019

During the 17th Polish Sociological Congress I, We, They? Subjectivity, Identity, Belonging Magdalena Ślusarczyk (Jagiellonian University) presented TRACKs project results. On the basis of the research conducted in the Polish, Italian and Belgian (Flemish) context, she considered the concept of inclusion in educational systems in ECEC (early education) phase going beyond the adjustment model and giving the potential to integrate all pupils regardless of their socioeconomic background, ethnic origin or disability.

How to enhance reflexivity? First presentations from the TRACKs project

The day before of our transnational meeting, on 5th June, Lucia Balduzzi and Arianna Lazzari (UNIBO), Sofie Verschaeve (Arteveldehogeschool) and Jan de Mets (Ghent University) presented the first results of the project and discussed the use of video coaching during 7th International Week Artevelde College University. The two project teams of Bologna and Ghent were joining forces to have a session on “Enhancing reflexivity through video-analysis: comparing two case studies”. Both teams explained the way they set up action research and video coaching sessions, with focuses on the basic principles of (video) coaching, on the background concept note (Quality of Interaction), on the methodology, on the organizing aspects. They used a few film fragments to show the participants how these concepts and approaches were used ‘on the field’. They concluded by summing up both differences and overlaps of the two cases, emphasizing the added values of video coaching/analysis as such.

Just a few days later, Sofie Verschaeve (Artevelde University College), Jan De Mets (Ghent University), Valentina Migliarini, Lucia Balduzzi and Arianna Lazzari (UNIBO) presented two case studies of our research at the ISSA (International Step by Step Association) annual conference Nurturing Enviroments in Leiden, the Netherlands June 18-19, 2019.


Fourth transnational meeting of the TRACKs team in Ghent, 6-7 June 2019

It is now closer than further to the end of the project! This time at the meeting we discussed the final shape of our most important result - a video coaching toolbox for teachers, educators and all other people working in the field of early education and care (ECEC). We also started preparations for the last part of the project - building a repository of good practices and class scenarios.
As you can see, the discussions were very lively, and there is no shortage of ideas.

Work in progress

We are currently in the middle of the project! Work is in progress, the research part has already been completed. Currently, coaching sessions are underway in ECEC institutions, and further activities are already planned and prepared. You can read about the progress of our work here.

Reports in national languages

On our website, there are reports on the ECEC situation and the assumption of video coaching in national languages: in Polish, Italian and Dutch. Publications are available here.

We invite you to read!

Third transnational meeting of the TRACKs team in Bologna

The host of the Third Steering Group Meeting was Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna and the meeting took place on September 16 and 17, 2018.

This time, besides consortium members and project teams, we were accompanied by the invited practitioners from Poland, Italy and Belgium, with whom we cooperate in the project, who help us in creating a tool for video coaching and are the first beneficiaries of the project outcomes.

On the first meeting day we concentrated on the method of video coaching. Sofie Verschaeve and Ine Hostyn from the Arteveldehogeschool conducted a workshop in which they showed us the assumptions and techniques of the method. Then we discussed together the coaching process and the specificity of the method in working on reducing social inequalities.

The second day of the meeting we carried on the study visits to Nido Giovannino and Nido Pollicono, two childcare centers which take part in the project, and their staff works closely with the Italian team.

Finally, the consortium's meeting was devoted to work on a video coaching model aimed at reducing inequalities and supporting children's development.


First results of the TRACKs project

The first phase of the TRACKs project is coming to the end slowly. Each team actively cooperates with selected educational institutions and soon we can expect the results of this work. For now, we present the first publications:

  • Working Paper 1 Comparing ECEC across Italy, Poland and Belgium - a comparative report of ECEC systems in the countries participating in the project. The report can be read here.
  • TRACKs Concept Note - assumptions and a guide to work using the videocoaching method. The publication is available here.

We invite you to read.

Second transnational meeting of the TRACKs team in Ghent

Our second meeting, 27 April 2018 in Ghent, was dedicated to the first task implementation - preparation of a tool for work in and with ECEC institutions. Representatives of all teams were present: Sofie Verschaeve (Aretveldehogeschool in Ghent) and Jan de Mets (University of Ghent), who hosted us in Ghent, Magdalena Ślusarczyk (Jagiellonian University in Cracow), Lucia Balduzzi and Arianna Lazzari (Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna), Lara Furieri and Daria Quaglia (CADIAI - Cooperativa Assistenza Disabili infermi Anziani Infanzia in Bologna) as well as Monika Rościszewska-Woźniak and Urszula Majerska (Komeński Institute in Warsaw).

During the discussion, we approved the selection of institutions with which we conduct research and work on tools, as well as a document presenting the assumptions how to work on recordings to be a tool for reducing inequalities and strengthening equality activities. This document – Concept Note of the TRACKs Project is available here

Finally, each of the teams shared their reflections on previous activities in the project, undertaken activities, obtained collaborators and experts who, as the Local Advisory Boards (LAB), will be a support in project.

Let's start

First meeting of the TRACKs project took place in Cracow on 10th and 11th November. Please, let us introduce our teams:

1. Jagiellonian University in Cracow,

2. University of Ghent,

3. Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna,

4. Arteveldehogeschool in Ghent,

5. CADIAI - Cooperativa Assistenza Disabili infermi Anziani Infanzia in Bologna,

6. Komeński Institute in Warsaw.