Art and Creativity in Reggio Emilia

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Exploring the Role and Potential of Ateliers in Early Childhood Education

Art and Creativity in Reggio Emilia explores the contribution of art and creativity to early education, and examines the role of the atelier (an art workshop in a school) and atelierista (an educator with an arts background) in the pioneering preschools of Reggio Emilia.

23 in stock

Vea Vecchi, one of the first atelieristi to be appointed in Reggio Emilia, worked as an atelierista at the Diana Municipal Preschool in Reggio Emilia for over thirty years, doing pedagogical research and documentation in the area of children’s many languages. She now acts as a consultant to Reggio Children.

Part memoir, part conversation and part reflection, the book provides a unique insider perspective on the pedagogical work of this extraordinary local project, which continues to be a source of inspiration to early childhood practitioners and policy makers worldwide.

Vecchi’s writing, full of beautiful examples, draws the reader in as she explains the history of the atelier and the evolving role of the atelierista.

Key themes of the book include:

  • processes of learning and knowledge construction
  • the theory of the hundred languages of childhood and the role of poetic languages
  • the importance of organization, ways of working and tools, in particular pedagogical documentation
  • the vital contribution of the physical environment
  • the relationship between the atelier, the atelierista, the school and its teachers.

This enlightening book is essential reading for students, practitioners, policy makers and researchers in early childhood education, and also for all those in other fields of education interested in the relationship between the arts and learning.

Weight .355 kg
Dimensions 24 × 16 × 1.5 cm


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