In the Spirit of the Studio: Learning from the Atelier of Reggio Emilia

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Lella Gandini
Teachers College Press, 2005 - Education - 212 pages
This beautiful book describes the revolution that the Reggio Emilia atelier (art studio) brought to the education of young children in Italy, and follows that revolution across the ocean to North America. It explores how the experiences of children interacting with rich materials in the atelier affect an entire school's approach to the construction and expression of thought and learning. Lavishly illustrated in full color, this original volume offers a window into many ateliers within the United States, examining the multiple ways that experience is altered when teachers, parents, and children prepare and work together in the studio setting. The authors address the practical aspects of the atelier, including organizing the environment and using materials. This wonderful resource also provides examples of atelier projects.

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Page 196 - ... families, and communities as well as society at large, according to the ways children perceive those expectations. 7. Creativity becomes more visible when adults try to be more attentive to the cognitive processes of children than to the results they achieve in various fields of doing and understanding. 8. The more teachers are convinced that intellectual and expressive activities have both multiplying and unifying possibilities, the more creativity favors friendly exchanges with imagination...
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About the author (2005)

Lella Gandini is Reggio Children U.S. liaison for dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach.Lynn T. Hill is an educational consultant. Louise Boyd Cadwell is a curriculum researcher at The College School of Webster Groves in St. Louis.Charles Schwall is atelierista at St. Michael School in St. Louis.

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