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ERIC Number: EJ880795
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0957-5146
Through a Different Lens: Exploring Reggio Emilia in a Welsh Context
Maynard, Trisha; Chicken, Sarah
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v30 n1 p29-39 Mar 2010
In Wales, concerns about the perceived over-formalisation of young children's educational experiences led to the introduction of a Foundation Phase Framework for children aged three to seven years that advocates a more holistic, play-based approach. Following the staging of the Reggio Emilia travelling exhibition, funding was secured for a project in which teachers explored Reggio philosophy and practices as a means of gaining insight into their thinking and pedagogy. Given the introduction of the Foundation Phase, the project also intended to support teachers' explorations of child-led learning. Looking at their practice "through another lens" exposed teachers' commitment to an approach dominated by prescribed, subject-related outcomes. This approach influenced the way in which the teachers interpreted key aspects of Reggio philosophy and contributed to their difficulties with "supporting" child-led learning. The paper concludes that moving away from a "subject-centred" approach, particularly when the Framework includes prescribed learning outcomes, may be extremely challenging for teachers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education; Primary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Wales)