The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Approach--Advanced Reflections


(Second Edition) Carolyn Edwards, Lella Gandini, and George Forman, editors,
1998 Illus. softbound, 488 pp.

(A Reggio Emilia inspired resource)

The city-run early childhood program of Reggio Emilia, Italy has become recognized and acclaimed as one of the best systems of education in the world. Over the past 40 years, educators in Reggio Emilia have evolved a distinctive, innovative approach that fosters children's intellectual development through a systematic focus on symbolic representation.

This new Second Edition reflects the growing interest and deepening reflection upon the Reggio approach. Included are many entirely new chapters and an updated list of resources, along with original chapters revised and extended. The book represents a dialog between Italian educators who founded and developed the system and North Americans who have considered its implications for their own settings and issues. The book is a comprehensive introduction covering history and philosophy, the parent perspective, curriculum and methods of teaching, school and system organization, the use of space and physical environments, and adult professional roles including special education. The final section describes implications for American policy and professional development and adaptations in United States primary, preschool, and child care classrooms.