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Atelier Experience: Teachers and Materials as Researchers A hands-on workshop … and an invitation to continue the research project online.

Presenters: Chris Celada and Margo Hobba

Date: Thursday 29 June 2023

Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm


Category: Pre-Conference Educational Experience

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Program Description

About the experience:

Pedagogical research is a delicate and uncertain process involving careful listening, documenting and interpreting, questioning, deliberating and choosing.

During this session we will create a short project using materials to research our own processes of learning, particularly the processes of creativity and curiosity, enabling us to become more sensitive to the learning process of children.

This session builds upon the successful online pilot research project conducted in collaboration with REAIE in 2021 and is offered as an invitation to teachers who may be interested in participating in an ongoing, online, pedagogical research project.

The degree of sensitivity and depth of knowledge generated during the 2021 pilot, both in relation to organising online learning and in relation to our formation as teachers, clearly demonstrated that it is possible to research ‘in relation’ even though we are physically separated by the huge distances that are a feature of our country. Working in this way has potential for connecting individual teachers, groups and Networks in more collaborative, multi-sensory online settings.

About the presenters:

Chris and Margo have both worked in community based childcare, sessional and long day preschool programs and with tertiary students studying to be early childhood professionals. They have participated in many study programs in Reggio Emilia, are both long term members of REAIE, and have been co-researching the relationship between professional learning and teaching drawing on the educational project in Reggio Emilia for many years. This research has formed the basis for their approach to professional learning experiences for teachers.


  • Atelier Experiences will be held in a range of locations across the Melbourne CBD between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.
  • Delegates are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the Atelier Experience venues. There is a range of public transport options available. Further information on public transport options is available from the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) website or app.
  • The pre-Conference Atelier Experiences are optional and tickets must be purchased separately to Conference registration.
  • Prices include GST.
  • This experience is limited to a maximum of 22 participants. If minimum numbers are not met the experience maybe cancelled, if this occurs delegates will be refunded in full.
  • Priority is given to registered delegates of the 2023 REAIE Biennial Conference.