This book explores the contribution of and art and creativity to
early education, and examines the role of the atelier (an arts
workshop in a school) and atelierista (an educator with an arts
background) in the pioneering pre-schools of Reggio Emilia. It does
so through the unique experience of Vea Vecchi, one of the first
atelieristas to be appointed in Reggio Emilia in 1970.
Part memoir, part conversation and part reflection, the book
provides a unique insider perspective on the pedagogical work of
this extraordinary local project, which continues to be a source of
inspiration to early childhood practitioners and policy makers
Vea s writing, full of beautiful examples, draws the reader in
as she explains the history of the atelier and the evolving role of
the atelierista. Key themes of the book include:
processes of learning and knowledge construction
the theory of the hundred languages of childhood and the role of
the importance of organisation, ways of working and tools, in
particular pedagogical documentation
the vital contribution of the physical environment
the relationship between the atelier, the atelierista, the
school and its teachers
This enlightening book is essential reading for students,
practitioners, policy makers and researchers in early childhood
education, and also for all those in other fields of education
interested in the relationship between the arts and learning.
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