Dancing with Reggio Emilia

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Dancing with Reggio Emilia proposes a new key for interpreting the educational project of Reggio Emilia in international contexts.

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Author: Stefania Giamminuti

Stefania Giamminuti spent six months researching in the municipal infant–toddler centres and schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. Her unique experiences are vividly recounted in this rich book, with its seductive images and lyrical storytelling drawing the reader into daily events in these world-renowned places for young children. The voices and contexts of children, teachers, atelieriste, pedagogiste, and families in Reggio Emilia come alive in this important and impressive book — an invitation to encounter the beauty and complexity of this exceptional social and cultural project of early education. Stefania proposes a new key for interpreting the educational project of Reggio Emilia in international contexts by exploring the ‘local values’ that emerged through her observation of life in Nido Arcobaleno and Scuola Pablo Neruda and relating these to ‘connective values’ to inform the philosophy, policy and practice of early childhood education and care internationally. Stefania engages with the construct of ‘quality’ in early childhood education and care, proposing new approaches to theorising quality as a metaphor and complex cultural and value-laden construct.

“This is a book about the philosophical basis of a mode of early, preschool education. But that philosophical basis is not only set forth abstractly but explicated concretely by well observed examples of the daily life of those preschools. I happen to be a cittadino honorario of Reggio Emilia. And I confess that I am further honoured by the appearance of Ms Giamminuti’s book. For it brings that city and its pedagogical efforts into a universal context that honors us all.”
[from the Foreword] Jerome Bruner, University Professor, New York University, NYC (USA).

“As I read this book, the story emerged of a special educational project, seen and narrated through the eyes of a researcher who has positioned herself as a listener and observer of daily events in the municipal infant–toddler centres and ‘schools of childhood’ of Reggio Emilia. Stefania has narrated the possible which the Reggio Emilia experience attempts to bear witness to — education as a primary and inalienable right of all children throughout the world.”

[from the Epilogue] Claudia Giudici, President, Preschools and Infant—toddler Centres — Istituzione of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia.

“Your book stands out in that it gives a genuine feeling for the schools and the community while also speaking to the already published literature.”
Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education (USA).

“I think the book will have an international appeal, well beyond Australia […] an important and impressive publication […] it is an assured debut.”
Peter Moss, Emeritus Professor, Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London (UK).

“If you know and love Italy and the gifts from Reggio Emilia, this feels like coming home. If you have not yet met this place, this beautifully illustrated book is an introduction bathed in light and colour.”
Alma Fleet, Associate Professor, Macquarie University Institute of Early Childhood, Sydney (Australia).

Weight 1.2 kg
Dimensions 23.5 × 21 × 2.5 cm

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