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Reflections on the Reggio Emilia Approach. Perspectives from ERIC/EECE: A Monograph Series No. 6.

Katz, Lilian G., Ed.; Cesarone, Bernard, Ed.

Abstract: This monograph consists of seven papers that discuss issues related to the teaching approach used in the preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. The papers are: (1) "Images from the World: Study Seminar on the Experience of the Municipal Infant-Toddler Centers and the Preprimary Schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy" (Lilian G. Katz), which identifies problems that warrant consideration by American educators trying to adapt the Reggio Emilia approach to schools in the United States; (2) "Images from the United States: Using Ideas from the Reggio Emilia Experience with American Educators" (Brenda Fyfe), which shares insights of teachers in the St. Louis, Missouri, area as they implement the Reggio Emilia approach in their classrooms; (3) "Reggio Emilia: Its Visions and Its Challenges for Educators in the United States" (Rebecca New), which notes the similarities and differences in the way teachers in Italy and the United States perform their daily work; (4) "Different Media, Different Languages" (George Forman), which explains the role of graphic "languages" in children's learning; (5) "Staff Development in Reggio Emilia" (Carlina Rinaldi), which explains the Reggio Emilia schools' unique approach to staff development; (6) "An Integrated Art Approach in a Preschool" (Giordana Rabitti), which details a case study of a children's project conducted in one of the preprimary schools in Reggio Emilia; and (7) "Promoting Collaborative Learning in the Early Childhood Classroom: Teachers' Contrasting Conceputalizations in Two Communities" (Carolyn Edwards, Lella Gandini, and John Nimmo), which examines the beliefs of teachers in Italy and the United States about their roles and about the nature of children as learners. A reference list is appended to some of the papers. The monograph also contains a bibliography of 22 items on the Reggio Emilia approach selected from the ERIC database, and a list of additional resources on the Reggio Emilia approach. (BC)

Title: Reflections on the Reggio Emilia Approach. Perspectives from ERIC/EECE: A Monograph Series No. 6.
Author: Katz, Lilian G., Ed.; Cesarone, Bernard, Ed.
Note: 135p.
Publication Year: Dec 1994
Document Type: Book (010); Project Description (141); Eric Product (071)
Target Audience: Administrators and Practitioners
ERIC Identifier: ED375986
Clearinghouse Identifier: PS022934
Available from: ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, 805 West Pennsylvania Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801-4897 (Catalog No. 215, $10, plus $1.50 shipping and handling).

Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies; * Art Activities; * Cultural Differences; Foreign Countries; Freehand Drawing; Infants; Preschool Children; * Preschool Education; Preschool Teachers; * Program Implementation; Staff Development; Teacher Attitudes; * Teaching Methods; Toddlers

Identifiers: Collaborative Learning; Italy; Program Adaptation; *Project Approach [Katz and Chard]; *Reggio Emilia Approach; United States

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