Reggio Emilia’s educational services for 0-6 year olds are widely acclaimed as one of the best systems in the world.
Now in an updated second edition, In Dialogue with Reggio Emilia offers a collection of the most important articles, lectures and interviews given by Carlina Rinaldi, who was President of Reggio Children for a decade, and pedagogical director of the Reggio Emilia Infant-toddler Centres and Preschools after working closely with Loris Malaguzzi, Reggio Children founder and inspirer of the Reggio Emilia Approach. She is currently President of Fondazione Reggio Children – Centro Loris Malaguzzi.
With a full introduction contextualising each piece of work, it offers a unique insight into many of the themes that characterise the early childhood curriculum of Reggio Emilia: participation, documentation and assessment; professional development; organisation; research; creativity; spaces and environments in education, and more. This second edition includes brand new chapters exploring the role of the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre; the natural complexity of becoming children; Rinaldi’s speech on receiving the LEGO prize; and Jerome Bruner’s friendship with the schools of Reggio Emilia and the author.
A deeply personal book, this is an invaluable resource for practising teachers, students and researchers. It is essential reading for anybody looking to further their understanding of the Reggio Emilia philosophy and pedagogical practice.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements Note on Terminologies Introduction: our Reggio Emilia Gunilla Dahlberg and Peter Moss Carlina Rinaldi: writings, speeches and interviews, 1984-2004 Staying by the children’s side: the knowledge of educators (1984) Participation as communication (1984) Malaguzzi and the teachers (1996) Documentation and assessment: what is the relationship? (1995-8) Dialogues The space of childhood (1998) Issues in educating today (1998) Documentation and research (1999) Continuity in children’s services (1999) Creativity as a quality of thought (2000) The construction of the educational project: an interview with Carlina Rinaldi (2000) Teachers as researchers: formation and professional development in a school of education (2001) The organisation, the method: a conversation with Carlina Rinaldi (1998) Crossing boundaries: reflections on Loris Malaguzzi and Reggio Emilia (2004) In dialogue with Carlina Rinaldi: a discussion between Carlina Rinaldi, Gunilla Dahlberg and Peter Moss Carlina Rinaldi: writings and speeches, 2007 – 2016 The Loris Malaguzzi International Centre. A metaproject (2007) The natural complexity of becoming children (2012) LEGO, Reggio Emilia. A Story, a Prize (2015) The city of Jerome Bruner (2016) A system Bibliography Index
Carlina Rinaldi started working in Reggio Emilia in 1970, first as a pedagogista, then as the pedagogical director of municipal early childhood services. Scientific consultant since 1994 and then (2007-2016) President of Reggio Children, in 2011 she was appointed as President of Fondazione Reggio Children – Centro Loris Malaguzzi. Since 1999 she has been working as Adjunct Professor of Pedagogy at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. She was one of the international consultants to the 'Thinkers in Residence' project at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet – Government of South Australia. In 2015 she was awarded with the LEGO Prize.