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Powerful Children: Understanding How to Teach and Learn Using the Reggio Approach


reviewed by Maria C. Reilly - March 11, 2009

coverTitle: Powerful Children: Understanding How to Teach and Learn Using the Reggio Approach
Author(s): Ann Lewin-Benham
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807748838, Pages: 256, Year: 2008
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Ann Lewin-Benham has provided American educators interested in teaching in a Reggio-inspired way a wonderful guide to accompany them on a long, challenging, and sometimes, intimidating journey. Perhaps the most difficult thing for Americans to wrap their minds around when considering the Reggio Approach, is the fact that it is indeed a philosophy. Being educated and raised ourselves in a school system and a culture that values quantifiable results so highly, we can find it difficult to follow one's heart.  Lewin-Benham does a beautiful job of alerting us to the current U.S. political environment that creates so many pitfalls for educators who endeavor to be inspired by the work of the Reggio Emilia preschools.   The book is particularly valuable because Lewin-Benham so eloquently shares the challenges that her staff had to overcome when they decided to develop practices in their childcare center inspired by the Reggio Approach. Everyone, no matter... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: March 11, 2009
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15587, Date Accessed: 8/10/2020 1:51:56 AM

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  • Maria Reilly
    Stanley Clark School
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    MARIA C. REILLY is the Director of Reggio Studies at Stanley Clark School, a co-educational independent school serving children from 3 years-old to eighth grade.
 
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