EDUC07018 2016 Reggio Emilia

General Details

Full Title
Reggio Emilia
Transcript Title
Reggio Emilia
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Subject Area
EDUC - Education
SOCS - Social Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Aoife Cooney
Programme Membership
SG_HEARL_G07 201600 Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Educ SG_HEARL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Early Childhood Care and Educ SG_HEARL_H08 201800 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Educ

This module will introduce students to the approach to Early Childhood Care and Education implemented in settings in the Reggio Emilia region of Italy. It aims to develop students' theoretical understanding of the underpinning philosophies of the approach as well as the professional skills which will enable them to implement essential aspects of the approach. In this way the aim is that students can articulate how their pedagogical approaches align with the theoretical perspectives of the approach used in Reggio Emilia.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Explain the underpinning philosophy of the approach used in settings in Reggio Emilia and critically evaluate this within a wider framework of ECCE knowledge for example other approaches such as High Scope, Montessori and Steiner.


Analyse the importance of the learning environment and discuss its role within the Reggio Emilia context.


Outline the pivotal role of documentation for the Reggio Emilia Practitioner and to highlight the connection between this documentation and professional reflective practices.


Explain the roles of practitioners and discuss the daily organisation/routines in Reggio Emilia settings​.


Critically evaluate  how key and valuable elements and principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach could be integrated into practice in the Irish ECCE context in relation to Aistear and Siolta.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Active learning strategies will be employed throughout the module as much as possible. The students will have the opportunity to engage in practices which would be utilzed if working in a setting in Reggio Emilia. 

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous Assessment

Repeat Assessments

Continuous Assessment

Any learning outcome which can not be deemed to have been met will be reassessed. 

Indicative Syllabus

During the course of this modules students will engage with key aspectcts of the approach. This includes:

The underpinning philosophy of the approache - view of the child, democracy in action

The history of the approach- Context, Loris Malaguzzi

The titles and roles in settings- Infant, Toddler and PRe School Practitioners, Pedagogista, Atelerista, Cook

The routines in setttings- Project approach, Assembly, Meals, Rest

The role of the environment in settings- Physical space, Ethos

The role of documentation in the approach - Rationale, Approaches, Uses

The connection to the Reggio community and wider communities which settings have - Supports to the services, Approach adapted worldwide


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 100 % Week 13 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Lecture ECCE Skills Laboratory Tutorial 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
1998-06-10 Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education Elsevier Science

The city-run early childhood program of Reggio Emilia, Italy, has become recognized and acclaimed as one of the best systems of education in the world. Over the past forty years, educators there have evolved a distinctive innovative approach that supports children's well-being and fosters their intellectual development through a systematic focus on symbolic representation. Young children (from birth to age six) are encouraged to explore their environment and express themselves through many "languages," or modes of expression, including words, movement, drawing, painting, sculpture, shadow play, collage, and music. Leading children to surprising levels of symbolic skill and creativity, the system is not private and elite but rather involves full-day child care open to all, including children with disabilities.

This new Second Edition reflects the growing interest and deepening reflection upon the Reggio approach, as well as increasing sophistication in adaptation to the American context. Included are many entirely new chapters and an updated list of resources, along with original chapters revised and extended. The book represents a dialogue between Italian educators who founded and developed the system and North Americans who have considered its implications for their own settings and issues. The book is a comprehensive introduction covering history and philosophy, the parent perspective, curriculum and methods of teaching, school and system organization, the use of space and physical environments, and adult professional roles including special education. The final section describes implications for American policy and professional development and adaptations in United States primary, preschool, and child care classrooms.

Recommended Reading
l cento linguaggi dei bambini: narrativa del possibile : proposte delle bambine e dei bambini dei Nidi e delle Scuole Comunali dell'Infanzia di Reggio Emilia Reggio Children
ISBN 8887960089 ISBN-13 9788887960082

l cento linguaggi dei bambini: narrativa del possibile : proposte delle bambine e dei bambini dei Nidi e delle Scuole Comunali dell'Infanzia di Reggio Emilia

Recommended Reading
A Journey into the Rights of Children n/a
ISBN 8887960038 ISBN-13 9788887960037
Recommended Reading
2005-11-09 In Dialogue with Reggio Emilia: Listening, Researching and Learning (Contesting Early Childhood) Routledge
ISBN 0415345049 ISBN-13 9780415345040

The early childhood programme of Reggio Emilia in Italy is acclaimed as one of the best education systems in the world and this book offers the unique insight of Carlina Rinaldi, the former director of the municipal early childhood centres in Reggio Emilia and successor to Loris Malaguzzi, one of the twentieth centurys leading pedagogical thinkers. Rinaldi has an enviable international reputation for her contribution to the Reggio approach and has given talks on the topic around the world.

A collection of Rinaldis most important works, this book is organized thematically with a full introduction contextualising each piece. It closes with an interview by series editors Peter Moss and Gunilla Dahlberg, looking at Rinaldis current work and reflections on Reggio's past, present and future.

Much of this material is previously unpublished and focuses on a number of questions:

  • What were the ideas and legacy of Loris Malaguzzi?
  • What is unique about Reggio Emilia?
  • What are the issues in education today and what does it mean to be a teacher?
  • How can educators most effectively make use of creativity?

Recommended Reading
l cento linguaggi dei bambini: narrativa del possibile : proposte delle bambine e dei bambini dei Nidi e delle Scuole Comunali dell'Infanzia di Reggio Emilia Reggio Children
ISBN 8887960089 ISBN-13 9788887960082

l cento linguaggi dei bambini: narrativa del possibile : proposte delle bambine e dei bambini dei Nidi e delle Scuole Comunali dell'Infanzia di Reggio Emilia

Recommended Reading
Children, Spaces, Relations: Metaproject for an Environment for Young Children
ISBN 8887960178 ISBN-13 9788887960174

This book is presented in three main sections: a) A critical analysis of the cumulative experience of the municipal early childhood system of Reggio Emilia, with the aim of formulating general criteria of quality and presenting possible scenarios, using keywords and metaphors in an attempt to identify the desirable characteristics of a space for young children. b) Reflections on the tools of design, with indications regarding both the distribution of space and the "soft qualities" (light, color, materials, smell, sound, microclimate). The objective is to provide tools of analysis and practical indications for both the interior and exterior design of infant-toddler centers and schools for young children. c) Essays discussing the pedagogical and architecture/design issues that form the theoretical basis of the research.

Recommended Reading
The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children
ISBN 8887960666 ISBN-13 9788887960662
Recommended Reading
1997 Shoe and Meter (Scapra e Metro) Reggio children, Italy
ISBN 8887960100 ISBN-13 9788887960105

Essential education textbook. Documentation of children learning in an Italian school Newsweek rated "the best in the world in the preschool category in recognition of its innovative educational project."

Recommended Reading
2003 Le fontane / The fountains Reggio Children
ISBN 888796002X ISBN-13 9788887960020

Recommended Reading
2005 REMIDA Day: muta...menti (English version), REMIDA Series, January 2005 (1st edition) REGGIO Children s.r.l, Italy
ISBN 8887960402 ISBN-13 9788887960402

"Printed on ecological paper by Tipolitografia La Reggiana, Reggio Emilia, January 2005." "muta...menti" (translator's note: the title is a play on words. In Italian, "mutamenti" means "changes, alterations," but if you separate the two parts, it means "changes minds" and thus, by extension, "changes or alters ways of thinking.") "REMIDA A message of optimism: It is with great pleasure that I greet this first REMIDA publication, REMIDA DAY. Many exciting events and experiences have characterized the wonderful REMIDA project thus far, not even eight years from its inception. I have given my personal and passionate support to the project since the beginning in 1996, when the Municipality of Reggio Emilia and AGAC [the local water, gas, and waste management company] came together to promote the idea that waste materials can be resources and that their use can be reinvented. The results have extended beyond all expectations. The energies that have coalesced around this project and the creativity it has stimulated have been incredible, as often happens with projects initiated in the infanttoddler centers and preschools of Reggio Emilia. But here there is something more: the encounter with "waste" materials, with a company that "treats" these materials, and with the businesses that are participating in increasing numbers to keep the supply coming --- because deep down, we people of Reggio Emilia do not like to waste, to throw things away. There are now 170 companies that contribute their discard materials: paper, metal, cord, leather, fabrics, upholstery, food containers, bottles, and so on, materials that are carefully inspected and selected by the Friends of Reggio Children Association, then transported to the REMIDA headquarters by AGAC. At REMIDA the objects are received, displayed, and offered in a sort of emporium or warehouse of wonders, to which I, myself, accompany visitors to our city....." [by Antonella Spaggiari, Mayor of Reggio Emilia from 1991 to June 2004]

Recommended Reading
2011-12-13 The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Experience in Transformation, 3rd Edition Praeger
ISBN 0313359814 ISBN-13 9780313359811

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.

Contributions from leaders from Reggio Emilia and international scholars from Europe and North America, including Loris Malaguzzi, Carlina Rinaldi, Vea Vecchi, Howard Gardner, Gunilla Dahlberg, and others

Illustrated with photographs of the teachers and children in the Reggio Emilia schools as well as drawings from the children of the Reggio Emilia preschools

A bibliography with references and sources follows each chapter

An index provides access to names, concepts, and themes discussed across many of the different chapters

Recommended Reading
2010-04-16 Art and Creativity in Reggio Emilia: Exploring the Role and Potential of Ateliers in Early Childhood Education (Contesting Early Childhood) Routledge
ISBN 0415468787 ISBN-13 9780415468787

This book explores the contribution of and art and creativity to early education, and examines the role of the atelier (an arts workshop in a school) and atelierista (an educator with an arts background) in the pioneering pre-schools of Reggio Emilia. It does so through the unique experience of Vea Vecchi, one of the first atelieristas to be appointed in Reggio Emilia in 1970.

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.

Veas 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 organisation, 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.

Module Resources

URL Resources


Other Resources

Everyday Utopias DVD

A day in an infant-toddler centre and a day in a preschool Two videos that are part of The Wonder of Learning exhibition, that describe a day in an infant-toddler centre and a day in a preschool, because “to raise normal children is the result of a hard-won and everyday utopia”. Loris Malaguzzi Video filming and editing: Sara De Poi, Daniela Iotti, Mirella Ruozzi, Simona Spaggiari Booklet graphic design by Mali Yea Realized by Reggio Children and Preschools and Infant-toddler Centres – Istituzione of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia English translation by Leslie Morrow 2011, DVD, running time: 33’ 13’’ PAL ISBN 978-88-87960-71-6 NTSC ISBN 978-88-87960-72-3 Euro 25,00 Italian audio with English subtitles


Landscapes DVD

The right of children to a welcoming, beautiful, functional, planned, relaxing, lovable, soft, funny, musical, intelligent, neat and perfumed space! Double CD-Rom with more than 90 pictures of the environment of the infant toddler centres and preschools of Reggio Emilia from the ‘80s until now. 2009, CD-Rom ISBN 978-88-87960-45-7 Euro 25,00 Italian/English


Not just anyplace Documentary

Film on the history of Reggio Emilia’s municipal centres for early childhood. With historical pictures and interviews to the protagonists, the narration of more than a century of educational history. Directed by Michele Fasano Produced by Reggio Children with the International Association Friends of Reggio Children, the Emilia-Romagna Region and the Municipality of Reggio Emilia English translation by Gabriella Grasselli and Leslie Morrow 2002, DVD, running time: 72’ Available also in VHS ISBN 978-88-87960-43-3 PAL Euro 25,00 ISBN 978-88-87960-44-0 NTSC Euro 30,00 English. Available also in Italian