The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Experience in Transformation, 3rd Edition: The Reggio Emilia Experience in Transformation

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Carolyn Edwards, Lella Gandini, George Forman
ABC-CLIO, Dec 13, 2011 - Education - 411 pages
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Educators in Reggio Emilia, Italy, use a distinctive innovative approach that supports children's well-being and fosters their intellectual development through a systematic focus on symbolic representation. From birth through age six, young children are encouraged to explore their environment and express their understanding through many modes of expression or "languages," including verbal communication, movement, drawing, painting, sculpture, shadow play, collage, and music. This organic strategy has been shown to be highly effective, as the children in Reggio Emilia display surprising examples of symbolic skill and creativity.

This book describes how the world-renowned preschool services and accompanying practical strategies for children under six in Reggio Emilia have evolved in response to the community's demographic and political transformations, and to generational changes in both the educators and the parents of the children. The authors provide the reader with a comprehensive introduction to the Reggio Emilia experience, and address three of the most important central themes of the work in Reggio in detail: teaching and learning through relationships; the hundred languages of children, and how this concept has evolved; and integrating documentation into the process of observing, reflecting, and communicating.

 

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Contents

Teaching and Learning through Relationships
115
Documentation as an Integrated Process of Observing Reflecting and Communicating
223
The Idea of the Hundred Languages of Children and Its Evolution
293
Conclusion
363
Glossary of Terms Used by Educators in Reggio Emilia
379
Additional Resources
383
Illustration Credits
387
Author Index
393
Subject Index
397
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About the author (2011)

Carolyn Edwards is a Willa Cather professor at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with joint appointments in the Departments of Psychology and Child, Youth, and Family Studies.

Lella Gandini is Reggio Children liaison in the United States for the Dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach and associate editor of Innovations in Early Education: The International Reggio Exchange.

George Forman is professor emeritus of education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and president of Videatives, Inc.

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