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The Environment as the Third Teacher

Presenter: Rebecca Duncan

Date: Saturday 11 May 2024

Time: 9.00am - 3.30pm


Category: Workshop

Workshop includes:

  • morning tea and lunch


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Program Description

The Environment as the Third Teacher explores spaces, places and relations that enable rich pedagogy and practices.

This full day workshop includes:

  • Big picture considerations – exploring the role of theories, principles and images, to provide a foundation for the exploration of environments in early childhood contexts.
  • Designs and dimensions of environments – examining architectural principles and case studies in local Australian contexts to provoke thinking and open possibilities.
  • Applications – to enable participants to make connections between theories, principles and practice to put in place possibilities (and consider missed opportunities) within educators’ own contexts.

An understanding of the Reggio Emilia principles and practice is required in order to fully participate in this workshop.

About the Presenter:

Rebecca Duncan is a consultant, educator and author whose experience in early childhood education spans over 25 years. She brings passion, commitment, and curiosity to her extensive work in facilitating professional learning, always focusing on ensuring these interactions are inspiring, collaborative and enriching. As a classroom educator, Rebecca received a National Excellence in Teaching Award (NEiTA WA), and has also undertaken a range of leadership roles throughout her career. Rebecca’s research of the educational project of Reggio Emilia spans two decades, including a study tour of Reggio Emilia in 2017. This research continues to be a profound catalyst in her advocacy for the rights and potentials of children, and continually influences her to reimagine possibilities for learning and teaching. Rebecca has served as co-convenor of REAIE’s Perth network for several years and thrives on these opportunities for dialogue and ongoing research.