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ERIC Number: ED531297
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 411
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-3133-5961-3
The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Experience in Transformation. Third Edition
Edwards, Carolyn, Ed.; Gandini, Lella, Ed.; Forman, George, Ed.
Why does the city of Reggio Emilia in northern Italy feature one of the best public systems of early education in the world? This book documents the comprehensive and innovative approach that utilizes the "hundred languages of children" to support their well-being and foster their intellectual development. Reggio Emilia is a fast-growing Italian city located in a fertile agricultural region, famous for Reggiano parmesan cheese and everyday quality of life. Over the last 50 years, however, Reggio Emilia has developed another claim to fame: its city-run early childhood program is recognized and acclaimed as one of the best systems of early education in the world. 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. [For the, "The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Approach--Advanced Reflections. Second Edition", see ED425855.]
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy
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