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ERIC Number: EJ773904
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 94
ISSN: ISSN-1183-322X
How We View Young Children with Diverse Abilities: What Canada Can Learn From Reggio Emilia
Loreman, Tim
Exceptionality Education Canada, v17 n1 p5-26 2007
This paper examines the Canadian school system's image of children with diverse abilities aged 0-6-years old, and critiques this image in light of that held in the municipal early education system in Reggio Emilia, Italy. The argument is made that the Canadian image of young children with diverse abilities has its roots in modernism and sees them as being incompetent, fragile, having "special needs," and lacking in skills relating to communication. This is juxtaposed against more positive views held by colleagues in Reggio Emilia. Arguments are made for a wider systemic Canadian consideration of these more positive views. This might assist the move towards more inclusive and more effective schools for all children.
Exceptionality Education Canada. University of Alberta, Department of Educational Psychology, 6-102 Education North, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-0800; Fax: 780-492-1318; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; Italy