The term Child as Protagonist is a choice that the educators in Reggio Emilia have made to describe their particular view of the competencies and capabilities that children possess, and are able to bring to their own learning. This is coupled with a particular belief related to how children construct and co-construct their own learning.This seminar, through lecture and dialogue, will explore the possibilities that these choices invite for Australian contexts, in particular the implications for the role of educators. It will also explore the importance of two key principles of the Reggio Emilia educational project as strategies in this process: the pedagogy of listening and the Hundred Languages of both children and adults.
Jan Millikan OAM is the Founder and former Director of the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange (REAIE) where she is a continuing committee member, and is the REAIE Australian representative to the Reggio Children International Network. Most recently Jan has represented REAIE as one of the partners in the Thinker in Residence program organised by the Government of South Australia. Jan was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2012 for services to Early Childhood Education. Professional roles have involved her as a consultant in multicultural education, and a lecturer in Early Childhood Education at the University of Melbourne. She has also been a Senior Fellow at both Melbourne and Monash Universities, as well as a Fellow of the Australian Council of Educators. She has authored two books, and has contributed many professional articles to journals both nationally and internationally. Jan is on the editorial board for the Journal of Research in International Education.