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Essay Review: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Education


by Donna Satterlee January 16, 2009

Scheinfeld, D., Haigh, K., Scheinfeld, S. (2008). We are All Explorers: Learning and Teaching with Reggio Principles in Urban Settings, Teachers College Press, N.Y., NY.  191 pages. ISBN 978-0-8077-4908-1. Wien, C. (Ed.) (2008). Emergent Curriculum in the Primary Classroom: Interpreting the Reggio Emilia Approach in Schools, Teachers College Press, N.Y., NY and NAEYC, Washington, D.C.  176 pages. ISBN 978-0-8077-4887-9. Two thoughtful books that critically analyze the Reggio Emilia approach to learning are We Are All Explorers by David Scheinfeld, Karen Haigh, and Sandra Scheinfeld, and Emergent Curriculum in the Primary Classroom edited by Carol Anne Wien. Exploration and discovery are the foundations of this sensible approach to learning. Respecting children as competent learners is another important aspect. Both books are well written and contain a substantial number of examples and explanations of the processes used to implement this emergent curriculum.   The curriculum emerges from a child’s curiosity about a topic as teachers... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 16, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15491, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 5:53:23 PM

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  • Donna Satterlee
    University of Maryland Eastern Shore
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    DONNA SATTERLEE is a faculty member at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in the Department of Human Ecology, as a lecturer of child development. Her interest in environmental education for young children led to her concurrent position as a child development specialist with the Eastern Shore Community College SPARK family learning program. She is the co-author of an article: Sparking an Interest in Nature, January, 2008 in Young Child, the Journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (Vol. 63, No. 1 pp 16-20). The SPARK family learning project inspired her to undertake a doctorate program from Fielding Graduate University in Educational Leadership and Change. Satterlee earned her Master of Science in Education with a dual concentration in Learning Disabilities and Mental Retardation from Old Dominion University. Her Bachelor of Arts from Arcadia University (formerly Beaver College) is a dual degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. She has 19 years of experience focusing on experiential learning.
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