The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Approach--advanced Reflections

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The city-run early childhood program of Reggio Emilia, Italy, has become recognized and acclaimed as one of the best systems of education in the world. Over the past forty years, educators there have evolved a distinctive innovative approach that supports children's well-being and fosters their intellectual development through a systematic focus on symbolic representation. Young children (from birth to age six) are encouraged to explore their environment and express themselves through many languages, or modes of expression, including words, movement, drawing, painting, sculpture, shadow play, collage, and music. Leading children to surprising levels of symbolic skill and creativity, the system is not private and elite but rather involves full-day child care open to all, including children with disabilities.

This new Second Edition reflects the growing interest and deepening reflection upon the Reggio approach, as well as increasing sophistication in adaptation to the American context. Included are many entirely new chapters and an updated list of resources, along with original chapters revised and extended. The book represents a dialogue between Italian educators who founded and developed the system and North Americans who have considered its implications for their own settings and issues. The book is a comprehensive introduction covering history and philosophy, the parent perspective, curriculum and methods of teaching, school and system organization, the use of space and physical environments, and adult professional roles including special education. The final section describes implications for American policy and professional development and adaptations in United States primary, preschool, and child care classrooms.

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CAROLYN EDWARDS is Professor of Psychology and Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Nebraska./e

LELLA GANDINI is United States Liaison for the Reggio Emilia Program in the United States and Adjunct Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst./e

GEORGE FORMAN is Professor of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst./e

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Greenwood Publishing Group
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Dec 31, 1998
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Education / Early Childhood (incl. Preschool & Kindergarten)
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This volume is a timely contribution to the burgeoning dialogue on the Reggio Emilia approach, and features the work of prominent scholars, policy-makers, researchers, administrators, and practicing teachers who have created and directed the infant-toddler care systems in four cities in Italy. Joined by American educators and researchers (including Ron Lally, Rebecca New, and Jeanne Goldhaber), their work builds upon and extends inclusionary and family-centered philosophies. It combines missions of care and education, and produces innovations in space and environments. This collection is filled with dozens of examples of experiences with dynamic, open systems of organization that support emotional and cognitive development of infants and toddlers—and respect the delicate relationship between parents and their young. Also included are photos, some in color.

Topics include:

Complementary family-centered systems of early care, education, and intervention Practical experimentation and teaching strategies like the inserimento (first transition of child and family into the center), and diario (memory book), as well as explanations of the rationale behind them Best practices for quality care programs with broad implications for reflective teaching in America's early care programs

“Bravo for a splendid book! Leading figures in Italy's famous preschool movement (plus a few well-informed foreigners) provide vivid descriptions not only of pedagogical practices, but also of the evolving politics of decentralization that has kept Italy's preschools under local community control with no sacrifice of standards. Compulsory reading!”
—Jerome Bruner, New York University

“This book is simply wonderful—every page! Throughout the sixteen chapters—written mostly by the Italians themselves—practices, policies, reflections, and research on how best to serve infants and toddlers and their families are shared.”
—Lilian G. Katz, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

“Though the Italian experience cannot simply be transplanted to the United States, by staying in the conversation, we will deepen and sharpen our understanding of what we want for our infant-toddler parent-teacher programs and may even discover some strategies for getting them there.”
—E. Z. Tronick, Harvard School of Education and Harvard Medical School


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From the Trade Paperback edition.
This critically acclaimed, lavishly illustrated book will help educators create the highest quality learning opportunities for a new generation of children. The Second Edition features substantial and important changes, including the addition of new chapters by pioneers of the work that happens in the atelier who draw on several decades of experience.

The atelier or studio is a key element of the renowned preschools and infant-toddler centers of Reggio Emilia, Italy. This beautiful, full-color resource explores how the experiences of children interacting with rich materials in the atelier affect an entire school’s approach to the construction and expression of thought and learning. The authors provide examples of projects and address practical aspects of the atelier, including organizing the environment and using materials. No other book presents a more thorough examination of the philosophy, practice, and essential influence of the Reggio-inspired studio.

Contributors: Pauline Baker, Barbara Burrington, George Forman, Susan Harris MacKay, Giovanni Piazza, Carlina Rinaldi, Lori Geismar Ryan, and Vea Vecchi.

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“Brims with suggestions and examples of projects and testimonies, and should become a requirement for all graduate students entering the education field.”
—Journal of the Association for Childhood Education International

“Will help to promote a vibrant and creative approach to learning that will enrich American children’s educational experience.”
—Barbara and Eric Carle, author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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