The Reggio Emilia approach (Italy) – developed by Loris Malaguzzi argues that:
- Children must have some control over the direction of their learning
- Children must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, and observing
- Children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world that children must be allowed to explore
- Children must have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves
- Teacher listen, observe, provide experiences and explore ideas with children
- Community involvement and participation in community are crucial to Reggio
Smidt, S. (2013) Introducing malaguzzi : exploring the life and work of reggio emilia’s founding father. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
Read ‘Chapter 2: What Makes Reggio Emilia so Special?’ below and highlight the roles of the Pedagogisti, the Atelierista’s and the learning environment.