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Insights and Inspirations from Reggio Emilia
Stories of Teachers and Children from North America
The Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education is transforming how our children learn. This famed method puts the natural development of children, their close relationship with their environment, and the practice of documenting every step of the learning process at the center of its philosophy. Here, in words and images from classrooms across North America, is the Reggio Emilia learning experience, explored, discussed, and evaluated from the perspectives of educators, scholars, and policy makers. It’s a celebration of 30 years of innovative work in America, with an introduction to the city and schools of Reggio Emilia and a description of the values and principles at the core of this educational system.
Lella Gandini, EdD, is the United States Liaison for the Dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach. An accomplished educator, author and editor, she has written several children's books, and published articles on parenting, early education and related topics. Susan Etheredge, EdD, is associate professor of education and child study at Smith College. She has written and studied extensively on the subjects of inquiry-based teaching and real-world classroom learning among young students. Lynn Hill, PhD, is an educational consultant on early childhood education, and has a rich background in social work, education and teacher development. She's also the co-author and co-editor of several books on the Reggio Emilia Approach and other early education subjects.
“The schools in Reggio Emilia represent the most important development in the past half century. Led by Lella Gandini, who has been associated with the schools for many years, the editors have assembled a collection that is evocative and indispensable.”—Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education