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ERIC Number: ED376928
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun-6
Pages: 24
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Images from the World.
Katz, Lilian G.
This presentation examines the state of preschool education in developed and developing nations, and discusses how the art-oriented, child-centered approach of the preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, may be used to help improve preschool education worldwide. Although the majority of parents in many nations are satisfied with the educational opportunities their preschool children receive, many are unaware of the opportunities that programs such as those in Reggio Emilia provide for the enhancement of children's physical, social, and intellectual development. Educators need to create a greater public awareness of the benefits of the Reggio Emilia approach, and address issues concerning the adoption or adaption of the approach in preschools in other countries. Questions generated by adapting the Reggio Emilia approach include whether it is, in fact, adaptable, and what specific features are most adaptable to a given culture. These features include collaboration, documentation, parent participation, project work, "Atelieristi" (art instructors) and "Pedagogisti" (teacher advisors). Educators need to consider how the components of the Reggio Emilia approach can be integrated into existing programs, how to bring about such change at the local level, and how to increase parental involvement in and support for this form of preschool education. Propositions to keep in mind for successful change include: (1) change is learning; (2) change is resource-hungry; (3) change requires the power to manage it; and (4) change is systemic. (MDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy