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Loris Malaguzzi and the Schools of Reggio Emilia

A selection of his writings and speeches, 1945-1993, 1st Edition

Edited by Paola Cagliari, Marina Castagnetti, Claudia Giudici, Carlina Rinaldi, Vea Vecchi, Peter Moss


450 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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Loris Malaguzzi was one of the most important figures in 20th century early childhood education, achieving world-wide recognition for his educational ideas and his role in the creation of municipal schools for young children in the Italian city of Reggio Emilia, the most successful example ever of progressive, democratic and public education.

Despite Malaguzzi’s reputation, very little of what he wrote or said about early childhood education has been available in English. This book helps fill the gap, presenting for the first time in English, writings and speeches spanning 1945 to 1993, selected by a group of his colleagues from an archive established in Reggio Emilia. They range from short poems, letters and newspaper articles to extended pieces about Malaguzzi’s early life, the origins of the municipal schools and his ideas about children, pedagogy and schools. This material is organised into five chronological chapters, starting at the end of World War Two and ending just before his death, with introductions to each chapter providing background, including the historical context, the main events in Malaguzzi’s life and the rationale for the selection of documents. 

The book provides a unique insight into the background, thinking and work of Malaguzzi, revealing, in his own words, how his thinking developed, how he moved between theory and practice, how he border-crossed many disciplines and subjects, and how he combined many roles ranging from administrator and campaigner to researcher and pedagogue. Academics, students and practitioners alike will find this landmark publication provides rich insights into his life and work.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Early Years: to 1963


The selection of documents

Timeline up to 1963

Three retrospective biographical documents

Documents 1945-63

Chapter 2. First Steps: 1964-69


The selection of documents

Timeline 1964-69

Documents 1964-69

Chapter 3. Years of Growth: 1970-679


The selection of documents

Timeline 1970-79

Documents 1970-79

Chapter 4. Opening to the World: 1980-1989


The selection of documents

Timeline 1980-89

Documents 1980-89

Chapter 5. The Final Years: 1990-1993


The selection of documents

Timeline 1990-93

Documents 1990-93

Walking on silk threads

About the Editors

Paola Cagliari, pedagogista, is Director of the Scuole e Nidi d’Infanzia Istituzione del Comune di Reggio Emilia [Preschools and Infant-Toddler Centres – Istituzione of the municipality of Reggio Emilia], Italy.

Marina Castagnetti, preschool teacher, is archive curator at the Documentation and Educational Research Centre of the Scuole e Nidi d’Infanzia Istituzione del Comune di Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Claudia Giudici, psychologist, is President of the Scuole e Nidi d’Infanzia Istituzione del Comune di Reggio Emilia, and a member of the Board of Directors of Reggio Children, Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Carlina Rinaldi, pedagogista, is President of Reggio Children and of the Reggio Children–Loris Malaguzzi Centre Foundation, Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Vea Vecchi, atelierista, is responsible for the area of Exhibitions, Publishing and Ateliers in Reggio Children, Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Peter Moss is Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood Provision at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education, University College London

About the Series

Contesting Early Childhood

This groundbreaking new series questions the current dominant discourses surrounding early childhood, and offers instead alternative narratives of an area that is now made up of a multitude of perspectives and debates.

The series examines the possibilities and risks arising from the accelerated development of early childhood services and policies, and illustrates how it has become increasingly steeped in regulation and control. Insightfully, this collection of books shows how early childhood services can in fact contribute to ethical and democratic practices. The authors explore new ideas taken from alternative working practices in both the western and developing world, and from other academic disciplines such as developmental psychology. Current theories and best practice are placed in relation to the major processes of political, social, economic, cultural and technological change occurring in the world today.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Preschool & Kindergarten
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects


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