The Reggio Emilia Approach To Early Childhood Education

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The research on the Reggio Emilia approach will provide insights into the history, meaning, and significance of emergent literacy in early childhood education. In the 1991 issue of the Newsweek magazine, the Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education was “hailed as the best pre-school in the world,” and continues to attract the attention of educators, researchers, and anyone interested in early childhood education. The research provides an overview of previous and current research on the Reggio Emilia approach and emergent literacy in early childhood education (Edwards, Grandini, & Forman,1998; Edwards & Willis, 2000; Hughes & Wineman 2009; Wien, 2011; Wien, Guyevskey, & Berdoussis, 2011; Martalock, 2012; Logaridis, Tranter, & Siegrist,…show more content…
Exploring their curiosities and interests can lead to a greater understanding and a greater desire to learn. Teachers are aware of each child’s potential, and it is their responsibility to help support and guide children throughout the journey of learning” (2) Emergent curriculum: “Emergent curriculum is a style of teaching and learning that is dependent on the teacher introducing questions and listening to the children’s ideas and discussions. Through careful observation of the classroom, teachers can introduce learning explorations, and develop long-term projects. In this sense, the curriculum ‘emerges’ from the students, allowing the learning process to become a spiraling progression rather than a linear process” (3) Project…show more content…
Literacy development starts early in life and is corrected with academic development. The experiences young children have with their families and teachers can influence their development of oral language and ability to be successful readers.” Furthermore, “Teachers inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach become researchers who study their classroom practices by: framing questions, collecting and analyzing classroom observations, discussing with peers, and planning for subsequent experiences with children (Hughes et al). Also, “Using an approach to literacy learning that involves teachers as researcher in their own classrooms offers a meaningful and effective pedagogy” (Hughes et al). Wien, Guyevskey, & Berdoussis (2011) suggests “Develop visual literacy in the familiar culture of bulletin boards in early childhood centers by making learning visible from recounting activity to conceptualizing purpose. The teacher’s visual literacy must also be

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