Connecting to History and Theory from Felicia’s Perspective
Loris Malaguzzi 1920-1994 Founder of Reggio Emilia Approach
- Impact: Teacher is facilitator who guides children as they take charge of their learning within emergent curriculum. ( Fondazonie, 2016)
- The Approach is based on strong child, teacher, family, and community relationship. This includes long term, community-based, critical and creative thinking projects evolving from those interactions. ( Vatalaro et al,2015)
Why was the contribution significant?
- He opened up the first municipal preschools to take place in self-managed by the people ( Fondazonie, 2016).
- He conceived the idea of the Eye if it leaps over the Wall and the theory of The Hundreds Languages of Children ( Fondazonie, 2016).
- Reggio Emilia gives value to the potentials, resources, and many intelligences of all children. ( Rankin, 2004)
- The approach also heightens self- awareness, views on cultural differences. ( Vatalaro et al,2015).
How has it impacted my work?
- The importance of developing relationship with children to where you can solve conflicts and establish community where you can socialize. Then you can analyze and interpret information to plan and make children successful.
Terri Swim, Ph.D.,Professor, Associate Dean and Chair
- The Reggio Emilia Approach focuses on developing the whole child first documenting child and teacher’s learning (Merz & Swim, 2011).
- Dr. Terri Jo Swim has been an activist for Early Childhood through public speaking, journal writing and being a professor and advisor to pre-service teachers.
Her Impact and Contributions
- Co-author of best-selling 2nd edition of Creative Resources for Infants and Toddlers, Infants and Toddlers: Curriculum and Teaching 8th edition. ( http://www.ipfw.edu)
Instrumental in helping to create a Bachelor’s of Science program in Early Childhood in Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne. ( http://www.ipfw.edu)
- Her research interests include infant, toddler, preschool curriculum, teacher education, and the development of disposition for adults and children. (www.ipfw.edu)
How her work has impacted me
- She has inspired me even though I didn’t agree with everything she said. Her interest in fighting legislation for Early Education and encouragement led me to continue to pursue my Bachelor’s, Master’s, and now E.D.D. in Early Childhood Education. She pushed me to write and eventually made me present at my local Fort Wayne Association for the Education of Young Children (FWAEYC) conference two years in a row. I also became a part of their committee after that to plan future conferences.
My personal history-shaping pursuit of higher education (current and future goals related to the early childhood field.)
My goal is to create an atmosphere for my students where they learn by doing. I want to be able to distinguish what is appropriate for Early Childhood now while still meeting growing demands of the academic world. I will also create books to help teachers and students on concepts needed to succeed in education. I believe in moving forward to help the development of Early Childhood is also helping in the growth development of students as well. I too am developing into the agent of change I need to be in order to make a difference in my community.
Merz, A. & Swim, T. (2011). ‘You can’t mandate what matters’: Bumping visions against practices. Teacher Development, 15(3), 305-318.
Rankin, B. (2004). The importance of intentional socialization among children in small groups: A conversation with loris malaguzzi. Early Childhood Education Journal, 32(2), 81-85.
Vatalaro, A., Szente, J. & Levin, J. (2015). Transformative learning of pre-service teachers during study abroad in reggio emilia, Italy: A case study. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning,15(2), 42-55. DOI: 10.14434/josotl.v15i2.12911
Websites: http://www.ipfw.edu (Dr. Swim’s information)
Reggio Children Identity from the Fondazione Loris Malaguzzi International Centre, Reggio Emilia, Italy website: http://www.reggiochildren.it (Loris Malaguzzi’s Information)