Books to learn how to apply Reggio Emilia pedagogy

The Reggio Emilia pedagogy has its origins in the homonymous town in northern Italy and emerged after the Second World War. It was a pedagogical bet designed for minors who were looking for a way to overcome the trauma of war and offer a renewed childhood, with a different education based on listening, respect and consideration of their abilities. Loris Malaguzzi was the promoter of this educational model that broke with the foundations of the traditional school and focused on understanding the little ones as people full of potential, recognizing their autonomy and leading role in the learning process.

Currently, it is designed to be applied in the Infant and Primary stages, and defends the idea that students can develop their creativity and learn through observation and experimentation. Motivation also plays a fundamental role, since an interested student is more predisposed towards the assimilation of concepts. Below, we propose several books that explain this pedagogy, with ideas to apply it both at home and in the classroom.


Introduction to Reggio Emilia Pedagogy

A first approach to this innovative approach, which perceives children as strong and capable people. Its objective is to help fathers, mothers and, above all, teachers to promote creativity and confidence in preschool-age children. And it is that Reggio Emilia pedagogy values ​​the innate curiosity of students and their interest in understanding the world around them as a means of learning. 

Art and creativity in Reggio Emilia

Focused on the role of Art Education teachers in Early Childhood Education schools in Reggio Emilia, this manual explores the contribution of the arts and creativity in the learning of children from 3 to 6 years of age. The author, one of the first specialists in Art Education in Reggio Emilia, expresses her experience through examples of artistic workshops and raises issues such as the ‘Theory of the Hundred Languages ​​of Childhood’ and the role of poetry, the importance of the organization, work methods and tools, or the relationship between workshops, school and teachers, among others. A recommended reading for students, professionals and those responsible for educational administration.

  • Author: Vea Vecchi
  • Publisher: Morata

Reggio Emilia: Infant education 0-6 years

It tells the story of the centers where this methodology was forged and how they became a community project, forming a network of relationships between their educators. In addition, the volume includes a proposal for curricular design and development close to the pedagogical thought of Italian schools prepared by the University of Cantabria.

Reggio Emilia: Infant Education 0-6 Years
  • Author: Hik-Hasi-Xangorin 
  • Publisher: PubliCan

Reggio Emilia municipal schools as a quality model in the early childhood education stage

It summarizes the pedagogy with its main characteristics, focusing especially on the municipal schools of Reggio Emilia. These supported a global educational project for the Early Childhood Education stage that, based on the image of a child endowed with potentialities and subject to rights, promotes their formation through the development of all their languages: expressive, communicative, symbolic, cognitive, ethical, metaphysical, logical, imaginative and relational. 

Reggio Emilia Municipal Schools As A Quality Model In Early Childhood Education
  • Author: Rosario Beresaluce Díez
  • Publisher: University Club

Early childhood education in Reggio Emilia

It is focused on the Early Childhood Education stage and includes a theoretical part that explains what this pedagogy consists of and its origins, to later address a practical part through classroom experiences. In this way, he proposes that students approach reality from their own experience, trusting in the ability of children to discover and explore for themselves thanks to an innate curiosity.

Early Childhood Education In Reggio Emilia
  • Author: Loris Malaguzzi
  • Publisher: Octahedron

Loris Malaguzzi and the Reggio Emilia schools

Its pages offer the reader an approach to the life and work of Loris Malaguzzi, one of the most important figures in early childhood education of the 20th century and precursor of this educational methodology. It brings together texts, letters and speeches between 1945 and 1993 that reveal how this current developed. Each chapter contains an introduction with the background, the historical context and the main biographical events of Malaguzzi, together with the arguments that justify the selection of said documents.

Loris Malaguzzi And The Reggio Emilia Schools
  • Author: Paola Cagliari 
  • Publisher: Morata

Reggio Emilia nursery schools. Intelligence is built using it

This volume contains numerous educational experiences carried out in municipal nursery schools in Reggio Emilia. They invite you to give space to creativity, reflective and team work and the intuition of the little ones. In these projects, the teacher plays an observer and research role, since it is a methodology in which all the subjects involved (students, teachers and families) are both educators and learners, and where intelligence, knowledge and skills, curiosity, feelings and fantasy of each one are interdependent with those of the rest of the group.

Reggio Emilia Nursery Schools.  Intelligence is built using it
  • Author: Vv. Aah.
  • Publisher: Morata

In dialogue with Reggio Emilia. Listen, Investigate and Learn

It compiles the most important articles, conferences and interviews by Carla Rinaldi, the result of her close collaboration with Loris Malaguzzi. They set out the bases that characterize the Reggio Emilia approach to Early Childhood Education: participation, documentation and evaluation; professional development; organization; investigation; creativity, spaces and environments in education. It is an ideal reading to deepen the pedagogical practice of Reggio Emilia.

In Dialogue With Reggio Emilia.  Listen, Investigate and Learn
  • Author: Carla Rinaldi
  • Publisher: Morata

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