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Reggio Emilia Group

Reggio Emilia Reading Group

Reggio Emilia is a city in the Emilia Romagna region of Northern Italy. It is famous for its development of an early education system, often referred to simply as ‘Reggio’. It is not a method or prescribed curriculum to follow and to copy, but a socially and culturally embedded educational approach and philosophy. According to its founder Loris Malaguzzi, its history started six days after the end of the Second World War. Concerned about Italy’s political role during the Second World and its fascism, a philosophical practice developed (and is still developing) that regards schools as places for democratic conversation, critical and creative thinking and caring relationships. Reggio is a living organism that shapes itself according to the various psychological, sociological and philosophical theories that theorists bring to the practice. This kind of education cannot simply be replicated or imitated in other settings. In effect, to avoid domination by hegemonic theories of child and childhood, Reggio practitioners continually engage with educational theories critically and overtly in collaborative dialogue with others. It is these theories we study in this reading group. The facilitator is an active member of the African Reggio Emilia Alliance (AREA) and supervises many PhD students who are researching this approach to Early Childhood Education.

For further information please contact the facilitator of the meetings: Associate Professor Karin Murris. Email: Karin.murris@uct.ac.za; 0795762456.

Venue: Room 3.21 Neville Alexander Building, Upper Campus

Moreover, for scholars researching Philosophy with Children (P4C), regular attendance of the monthly P4C meetings (first Saturday Monday of each month) is highly recommended. Register first as a friend through the website: www.mindboggles.org.za.

Contact: Karin Murris. Email: Karin.murris@uct.ac.za; 0795762456.
Venue: Staff room, School of Education, Neville Alexander Building, Upper Campus.