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ERIC Number: EJ1177420
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0726-2655
Parent Perceptions of a "Reggio Emilia"-inspired Middle School
Hesterman, Sandra
Education and Society, v33 n1 p77-96 2015
Middle school students with well-developed social and emotional skills find it easier to relate to others, develop a sense of self-worth, and feel positive about themselves and the world around them. Development of these skills depends on the quality of the home and school environment--the available parental and teacher support--and positive interaction with these support sources. This research study explored parent perceptions of a "Reggio Emilia"-inspired middle school programme at a Western Australian independent community school. The school promotes a "pedagogy of listening" to ensure democratic dialogue between parents and teachers. The parent narrative accounts presented in this paper highlight the urgency to provide an alternative model of middle school to safeguard children's well-being and positive school engagement. Findings show that a "Reggio Emilia"-inspired middle school can nurture individual students' personal and emotional capabilities to the satisfaction of their parents and in ways that mainstream schools could not.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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