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Experiencing Reggio Emilia

Since 1963, when the Italian municipality of Reggio Emilia began setting up its network of educational services for 0-6 year olds, the 'Reggio Approach' has gained worldwide recognition. Numerous visitors have been impressed by the acknowledgement given to the potential of children, the organisation and quality of the environments created, the promotion of collegiality and a climate of co-participation of families in the educational project. This book reflects the impressions and experiences of the Reggio Emilia approach gained by a range of early childhood educators following a study visit to the region. It focusses on key issues such as staffing, training, working with parents, play, learning, the culture of early childhood, and special educational needs, from a variety of perspectives and will provide a welcome challenge to thinking for both practitioners and policy makers.
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AcknowledgementsPrefaceExperiencing Reggio EmiliaPerceptions of play: a question of prioritiesListening and learningThe role of the pedagogistaSunniva's extra pocket: a parent's reflectionsSam's invisible extra gear: a parent's viewSpecial needs or special rights?: A question of inclusionCreating places for living and learning'She's back!' the impact of my visit to Reggio Emilia on a group of three and four year oldsJourneying above the 'sea of fog': reflections on personal professional development inspired by ReggioA journey into realityCreating a palette of opportunities: situations of learning in the early yearsThe otherness of ReggioQuestions and challenges: continuing the dialogueIndex.

About the Author

Lesley Abbott is Professor of Early Childhood Education at Manchester Metropolitan University. Cathy Nutbrown is Lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the University of Sheffield. They are both experienced authors and editors.

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