ERIC Number: EJ1057666
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
Reflections on the Reggio Emilia Approach as Inspiration for Early Childhood Teacher Education in Abu Dhabi, UAE
Baker, Fiona S.
Early Child Development and Care, v185 n6 p982-995 2015
This article discusses a teacher educator's reflections on her participation in an international study group and visits to the infant-toddler and pre-schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, as inspiration for early childhood teacher education in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The following five themes are reflected on, for teacher education in the context of Abu Dhabi: (1) socio-constructivist learning with child as protagonist; (2) the environment as the third teacher; (3) making children's thinking visible through art; (4) the value of interaction with nature; and (5) observation and documentation of learning with teacher as researcher. It is envisaged that this reflection will be of interest to all teacher educators and, in particular, to those involved in education in the UAE, Gulf Countries, and countries undergoing educational reform.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Educators, Teacher Participation, Infants, Toddlers, Preschool Education, Reggio Emilia Approach, Constructivism (Learning), Educational Environment, Thinking Skills, Art Activities, Interaction, Natural Resources, Teacher Researchers, International Programs, Observation, Teaching Methods, Kindergarten
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Italy; United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi)