Reggio Emilia in the ELC
In the ELC, we draw inspiration from the pedagogical principle and practices of the Reggio Emilia approach. Our Early Learning Center’s faculty have received training from leading educators of Reggio Children.
The Reggio Emilia approach, founded by Loris Malaguzzi in the city of Reggio Emilia, Italy, is held in high esteem by the early childhood educators in the international community.
The philosophy of the Reggio approach aligns seamlessly with that of the Primary years Programme. Both approaches to education call for students to have a high degree of agency over their learning experiences.
The teacher, rather than being an omniscient figure, works in partnership with students, helping to facilitate and support their learning processes. The role of the teacher is to provide responsive and engaging learning experiences which aim to extend, consolidate or confront children’s ideas.
In this respect, as Reggio-inspired educators, we shift our attention from solely standards and content, to valuing, including and responding to children’s ideas, interests and evolving theories.