This course serves as an introduction to the approach to early learning emanating from Reggio Emilia, Italy. This innovative approach to early childhood education began shortly after the Second World War. It is based on the theories of social construction and a philosophy that supports an emergent curriculum. The course will provide an overview of the history, theories and foundational principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach, giving students the opportunity to engage in dialogue and to think deeply about their own contexts of teaching and learning. It serves as a starting point to those wishing to learn more about this approach which has inspired so many from across the globe.
Images can be framed and reframed as we work together to understand the impact that our images of ourselves, children, families, and colleagues has on our lives … as educators and humans. In the Reggio Emilia Approach the child is seen as being made of 100 hundred languages. This image of capacity and competency suggests a child rich in potential. It suggests an expressive child who can build theories. The same can be said of teachers and families. By examining images of capacity and competency, this course will help you define, revisit and redefine your views and their impact on the early years.