2022 Research Symposium

Dates: Friday 8 July - evening (7pm -AEST) and Saturday 9 July 10am (AEST) and 7pm (AEST)


Category: Event

Please ensure a personal email address is used when registering to ensure you receive the zoom link to join the presentations.

All sessions (excluding the Saturday evening Q & A) will be available for viewing until Tuesday 9 August 2022.

Registrations close at 10am (AEST) on Thursday 7 July 2022.

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Program Description

Documentation as a tool for participation, learning and research

REAIE is thrilled to open registrations for our forthcoming 2022 Research Symposium. Developed as a collaboration with Reggio Children, Reggio Emilia, Italy, we look forward to bringing to you speakers directly from the Municipal schools of Reggio Emilia and from Australia.

The 2022 Research Symposium seeks to create dialogue amongst a research community aiming to make reference to the system of values and principles which give shape to the educational project of Reggio Emilia. In doing so, we seek to honour our responsibilities to advocate for, and promote these values within Australian contexts.

In Reggio Emilia, research represents one of the essential dimensions of the life of children and adults alike, a knowledge-building tension that must be recognised and valued. Shared research between adults and children is a priority practice of everyday life, an existential and ethical approach necessary for interpreting the complexity of the world, of phenomena, of systems of co-existence, and is a powerful instrument of renewal in education.

Research made visible by means of the documentation builds learning, reformulates knowledge, underlies professional quality, and is proposed at the national and international levels as an element of pedagogical innovation.”  Preschools and Infant Toddler Centres Istituzione of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia Reggio Emilia (2010) pp 11-12.




Documentation making learning visible
• As a strategy to inform policy and political advocacy
• As a context for rich collaboration
• Creating a context for listening, supporting our capacity to pay attention to children’s wonderings and curiosities
• Giving visibility to the hundred languages
• Inviting children’s agency (voice)

Documentation as professional learning
• Documentation inviting a relationship between theory and practice
• Providing opportunities for collaborative, critical reflection – highlighting the value of collaborative research as a professional learning opportunity
• Documentation supporting co-participative research between children and educators; between children and atelieriste; between educational leaders and their teams; between classroom-based educators and academics.

Documentation as progettazione
• Documentation guiding the design process (that is progettazione)
• Developing research questions; intentional observation; interpretation and re-launching projects
• Advocating for Image of Child (children’s voice and thinking) and the hundred languages


  • Please ensure a personal email address is used when registering to ensure you receive the zoom link to join the presentations. The zoom link will be sent out just prior to the event.
  • All recordings will be made available until Tuesday 9 August. This time period is not negotiable. If you are unable to view the presentations on the scheduled date or wish to rewatch the presentations please do so within this timeframe. Any requests for extensions will not be possible.
  • Presentations are for individual use and are not to be shared.
  • Student Registrations are open only to FULL-TIME students (currently enrolled in an appropriate course). Copies of Student Cards are required with registrations. Early bird rates do not apply to student registrations.
  • Participants will need to download the (free) Zoom platform https://zoom.us/
  • It is suggested for participants to use a laptop or desktop – not a phone, this allows for easier use of the webinar tools.
  • No part of the discussion may be recorded by participants nor screenshots taken – reference material will be sent to participants after the event.
  • You are invited to utilise the features within zoom webinar for example the chat feature and the Q & A feature when made available by the presenter.
  • Cancellations must be made via email to admin@reggioaustralia.org.au NO LATER THAN 5 business days before the event. All refunds will incur a 20% administration fee. Cancellations made within 5 business days of an event will not be refunded.
  • There is no refund for non-attendance at an event.
  • All participants will receive a certificate of participation.
  • All sessions will be recorded.
  • The purchase of webinar attendance is for use by the purchaser only and registration information should not be forwarded on to third parties; doing so may hinder your own access, as webinar entry is by prior registration only. Similarly, the materials and replay of webinars are for use by the purchaser only and should not be forwarded on to third parties.