The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Experience in Transformation (Paperback)
Why does the city of Reggio Emilia in northern Italy feature one of the best public systems of early education in the world? This book documents the comprehensive and innovative approach that utilizes the "hundred languages of children" to support their well-being and foster their intellectual development.Educators in Reggio Emilia, Italy, use a distinctive innovative approach that supports children's well-being and fosters their intellectual development through a systematic focus on symbolic representation. From birth through age six, young children are encouraged to explore their environment and express their understanding through many modes of expression or "languages," including verbal communication, movement, drawing, painting, sculpture, shadow play, collage, and music. This organic strategy has been shown to be highly effective, as the children in Reggio Emilia display surprising examples of symbolic skill and creativity. This book describes how the world-renowned preschool services and accompanying practical strategies for children under six in Reggio Emilia have evolved in response to the community's demographic and political transformations, and to generational changes in both the educators and the parents of the children. The authors provide the reader with a comprehensive introduction to the Reggio Emilia experience, and address three of the most important central themes of the work in Reggio in detail: teaching and learning through relationships; the hundred languages of children, and how this concept has evolved; and integrating documentation into the process of observing, reflecting, and communicating.
Carolyn Pope Edwards is a Willa Cather professor at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with joint appointments in the Departments of Psychology and Child, Youth, and Family Studies. Lella Gandini is Reggio Children liaison in the United States for the Dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach and associate editor of Innovations in Early Education: The International Reggio Exchange.George Forman is professor emeritus of education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and president of Videatives, Inc.