The focus of this seminar is on re-imagining contexts and values in early childhood settings, through the lens of the possibilities offered by the educational project of Reggio Emilia (Italy).
Beginning with an overview of key pedagogical principles, Dr Stefania Giamminuti will share stories from daily life in the municipal infant-toddler centres and schools.
Stefania will show how schools and communities can be empathetic environments, welcoming to children, educators, and families, places that ‘belong’ to children and speak of them. The seminar will inspire participants to imagine and create beautiful environments for children and with children and to consider aesthetics as a value.
Through the story of her own encounters with the learning communities of Arcobaleno infant-toddler centre and Neruda preschool in Reggio Emilia, and Lance Holt School in Fremantle (Western Australia), Stefania will further explore the image of early childhood settings as places of research, where children and adults are welcomed and valued as researchers in daily life.
An invitation will be extended to teachers to see themselves as researchers in their everyday encounters with children, and to re-imagine their approaches to assessment, planning, and developing learning experiences with children.