Interpreting and Translating the Reggio Emilia Approach

Date/Time

Date(s) - 8 Mar 18 - 9 Mar 18, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The interpretation and translation of the Reggio Emilia Approach workshop aims to explore one’s current practice and learning context in relation to the Reggio Emilia philosophy and its principles. The two day workshop will begin by delving into the historical and cultural context of the Reggio Emilia Approach, to help us reflect upon our own historical and cultural context unique to each learner. The focus of the workshop will be to co-construct and further shape our understandings on an educational approach based upon a pedagogy of listening and observation, where learning is experienced as ever engaging, beautiful and enchanting in which the children play a central and active role in their continued meaning-making adventure by recognizing the many ways in which each child can be an invaluable resource to learn, to listen, to educate.

Objectives
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze and evaluate principles of the Reggio Emilia Experience
  • Reflect on one’s own pedagogy and teaching as it is informed by a Reggio inspired theory and philosophy
  • Articulate a social constructivist approach to learning and teaching that respects the potentiality of each child and the learning of the group with and through each other
  • Understand and demonstrate characteristics required for an educational approach based on collaboration, negotiation and modification
  • Actively engage with a community of learners based upon close listening and observation

Outline
Day 1:  The Principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach

  • Introducing ourselves as a community of learners
  • Introduction to the historical, philosophical and theoretical foundations of the Reggio Emilia Approach
  • The image of the child: giving centrality to the children
  • Reflecting on each of our contexts in relation to the Reggio philosophy
  • Participants will begin creating a mind map of an educational approach based on relationships and making meaningful connections

Day 2: The Aesthetic Dimension as a Language for Learning: Learning as engaging, beautiful and enchanting

  • Participants are invited to begin a dialogue with a group of colleagues to reflect upon their learning experience from Day 1 and share with the larger group
  • Why aesthetics in education? Sharing meanings of aesthetics to each learner
  • What is beautiful to you? Collaborating on constructing an installation as a metaphor for the meaning of aesthetics
  • Reflection through collaboration, negotiation and modification on the mind map of relationships and meaningful connections from Day 1

Trainer’s Profile
Dr. Junko C. earned her BA from Sophia University, Tokyo and her MA in Education from Michigan State University, USA. She received her EdD (Doctorate of Education) from the University of Bath, UK. She continues her research into how children learn from a socioconstructive perspective. Dr. Junko has been in the field of early childhood education within an international school context for almost 40 years.  This international context flows easily within her as she has lived and learned overseas across different cultures from an early age. From this experience, she appreciates how having roots deeply in one’s own
culture helps to understand the culture and thinking of others. On the back of her extensive career working directly with people – both children and adults –she has presented and consulted for numerous organizations and has accredited key educational institutions globally.  She continues to advocate the importance of building from the foundation of what is fundamentally important and necessary, that of people and the relationships within. With children as her inspiration, Dr. Junko’s long-term study of the Reggio philosophy puts theory and practice in contexts across many fields and genres. She believes that reflection and interpretation as on-going experiences generate fresh outlooks and learning to reframe ‘words’ and ‘worlds’ for both children and adults.

Methodology
This workshop combines both presentation on the theory of the Reggio philosophy and collaborative hands-on learning experiences. Participants will have the opportunity to be engaged, interact and collaborate with colleagues to reflect on their shared learning and understanding in an environment that is supportive and meets an educator’s need to gain knowledge that can be interpreted and applied in their teaching context.

Target Audience
Teachers, early childhood educators and administrators of children aged 3 to 8 years.

Investment 
SGD800.00/pax
SGD700.00/pax if register by 1 Oct 17
  
Other Details
Duration: 2 days, 12 hours
Closing Date:  1 Jan 18 28 Feb 18

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Location
Singapore, Singapore, (exact venue to be advised)

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