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In the Spirit of the Studio: Learning from the Atelier of Reggio Emilia, Second Edition / Edition 2

In the Spirit of the Studio: Learning from the Atelier of Reggio Emilia, Second Edition / Edition 2

by Lella Gandini
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This critically acclaimed, lavishly illustrated book will help educators create the highest quality learning opportunities for a new generation of children. The Second Edition features substantial and important changes, including the addition of new chapters by pioneers of the work that happens in the atelier who draw on several decades of experience. The atelier or studio is a key element of the renowned preschools and infant-toddler centers of Reggio Emilia, Italy. This beautiful, full-color resource 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. The authors provide examples of projects and address practical aspects of the atelier, including organizing the environment and using materials. No other book presents a more thorough examination of the philosophy, practice, and essential influence of the Reggio-inspired studio.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807756324
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 03/20/2015
Series: Early Childhood Education
Edition description: 2
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 698,039
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Steven Seidel ix

Acknowledgments xiii

1 The Context and Inspiration of Our Work Lella Gandini Lynn Hill Louise Cadwell Charles Schwall 1

2 From the Beginning of the Atelier to Materials as 100 Languages: Loris Malaguzzi's Thoughts and Strategies Lella Gandini 7

3 Poetics of Learning Vea Vecchi 17

4 The Amusement Park for Birds: Emergence and Process of a Project Lella Gandini 23

5 The Whole School as an Atelier: Reflections Carla Rinaldi Lella Gandini 43

6 The Grammar of Materials Charles Schwall 49

7 The Atelier Environment and Materials Charles Schwall 63

8 Melting Geography: Reggio Emilia, Memories, and Place Barbara Burrington 81

9 Border Crossings and Lessons Learned: The Evolution of an Intergenerational Atelier Lynn Hill 93

10 The Atelier: A System of Physical and Conceptual Spaces Louise Cadwell Lori Geismar Ryan Charles Schwall 111

11 The Story of a Studio in a Southern Arizona Public School Pauline Baker 135

12 Creativity at the Heart of Learning Susan Harris MacKay 149

13 In the Spirit of the Studio Charles Schwall Lella Gandini Lynn Hill Louise Cadwell 165

Design Invent Play: Engaging Contemporary Culture Charles Schwall 165

A School Visit: Observing and Listening Lella Gandini 171

The Power of Wind Sha Shonie Reins Scott Mohan 171

Countering Poverty with Aesthetics Lynn Hill 175

Children, Materials, and the Natural World Louise Cadwell 182

Epilogue: The Editors 189

Glossary 193

About the Editors and Contributors 197

Index 201

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