Applications of the Reggio Emilia Approach to U.S. Early Childhood Education Classrooms

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Aired on: February 14th, 2012

3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)

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Dolores A. Stegelin

Dolores A. Stegelin, Ph.D., is Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University, South Carolina. Dr. Stegelin received undergraduate and master's degrees in child development from Kansas State University-Manhattan, and her doctoral degree in Curriculum & Instruction-Early Childhood Education from the University of Florida-Gainesville. Her research interests include international curriculum, public policy, public school preschool programs, and parent education and involvement. She is the author of three books and numerous journal articles, and she is engaged in collaborative research in Italy with Dr. Luciano Cecconi of the University of Reggio Emilia, Italy.

This Week's Topic

This webcast focuses on an international early childhood approach that is influencing practices in the United States and globally. Brought to the U.S. in the early 1990s, the Reggio Emilia Approach is a constructivist approach that places emphases on the capacity of the young child as a learner; the importance of the learning environment; relationships between teachers and children, teachers and parents, and among the teaching staff; integrated curriculum with a focus on the arts; documentation of the multiple voices of children; and the critical role of the community and parents in the vitality of the schools and classrooms. The Reggio Emilia Approach inspires early educators around the world and encourages us all to appreciate the importance of the early childhood experience and the support of the community as an important step in preparing young children for successful development and academic achievement.

Resources:

Presentation Slides  pdf

North American Reggio Emilia Alliance(2012).

Stegelin, D. A. (2002).  Early Literacy Education: First Steps Toward Dropout PreventionEffective Strategies.

Stegelin, D. A. (2003).  Family Literacy Strategies: First Steps to Academic SuccessEffective Strategies.

Stegelin, D. A. (2011).  Reggio
 Emilia: Suggested 
Resources  pdf.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children(2012).

Video: Early Learning in the Reggio Emilia(2009).