ERIC Number: ED319483
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Early Child Care and Education, Italian Style: The Reggio Emilia Daycare and Preschool Program.
New, Rebecca S.
The municipal early childhood program in Reggio Emilia, Italy, one of the most renowned examples of community-supported child care systems in the Western world, is described. A brief historical overview is followed by discussion of such aspects of the Reggio Emilia project as the high level of exchange between families and schools, the predominance of aesthetic considerations throughout the schools, and the importance of the physical environment and use of classroom space in meeting curriculum goals. It is concluded that even though many features of the Reggio Emilia program reflect Italian cultural values and may be inappropriate for child care settings outside Italy, some aspects of the program are worth emulating. These include: (1) the emphasis on the positive value of multiple points of view and reciprocal participation in the family-school relationship; (2) the view that the dialogue between parents and teachers is and should be a complicated matter; (3) the emphases on the arts and aesthetic sensibilities; and (4) the significance of the environment as a provider of opportunities for social exchanges. (RH)
Descriptors: Aesthetic Values, Boards of Education, Childrens Art, Community Programs, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Educational Environment, Educational Facilities, Family School Relationship, Foreign Countries, Parent Participation, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Public Schools, Recordkeeping, Reggio Emilia Approach, School Organization, Space
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Italy