Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Reggio Emilia, Italy
- Program Terms: Spring
- Budget Sheets: Spring
The PSU Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Program and the Helen Gordon Child Development Center at PSU have drawn inspiration from the innovative early childhood programs in Reggio Emilia, Italy for many years. This study group is designed specifically for small groups of students and accompanying professors whose work at U.S. colleges and universities is influenced by the Reggio Emilia Approach to education. We view this study group and the associated 3-credit course as an opportunity to engage deeply in social-constructivist, inquiry-based education through opportunities to dialogue with the Italian educators and visit their schools. The experience in Italy emphasizes the importance of family, community, and cultural contexts in creating responsive and equitable schools. This tour is also a unique opportunity for you to interact face-to-face with faculty and students in our Early Childhood program.
The experience of the Municipal Infant-Toddler Centers and Preschools of Reggio Emilia is the subject of interest, research, and exchange on the part of students, teachers, teacher educators, researchers, administrators, and political and cultural figures from all over Italy and throughout the world. The context and history of this community is highly regarded, rooted in not only pedagogical choices but also political, cultural and ethical choices made following WWII in support of a new democratic society.
Study Group Program Highlights
International Meeting Place
The venue for the study group is the Loris Malaguzzi International Center, which now encompasses an International Preschool and Primary School. As described by Carlina Rinaldi, President of Reggio Children Foundation- Loris Malaguzzi Center, “It was created to give greater value to a strong and distinctive characteristic of Reggio Emilia; the ability to lend listening, visibility and support to the rights and requests of children, young people, families and teachers. The Center is a dedicated meeting place where professional development and research intersect for people in Reggio Emilia, Italy and the world who wish to innovate education and culture.”
Your facilitators for this tour will be Dr. Will Parnell and Dr. John Nimmo, both professors in the early childhood program at the Graduate School of Education. Will and John have a long history of engagement in the school programs in Reggio Emilia and have visited multiple times and published extensively on the ideas and practices.
In meetings and online dialogue, students will become familiar with the history and principles of the Reggio Emilia Approach so that they have a contextual framework before being immersed in the actual experience. Opportunities for dialogue among the group and with educators in Reggio Emilia will offer students many possibilities for gaining a deeper understanding of the history, challenges, strategies and accomplishments of the Municipal Infant Toddler Centers and Preschools. Required Reference: “Indications: Preschools and Infant Toddler Centers of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia” published by Reggio Children http://www.learningmaterialswork.com.
|Education Abroad Advisor||Alyse Collins|
|Get Started||Watch Ed Abroad 101|
|Faculty Leader||Will Parnell, Graduate School of Education
John Nimmo, Graduate School of Education
|Travel Dates||March 23-28, 2019 (Spring Break)|
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|Required Pre-Departure Meetings||Yes|
|Course & Credit||ECED 4/510: Reggio Emilia Study Tour (Dialogues on Early Education) - 3 credits
This course will require an investigative paper, journal narratives and a final paper.
Undergraduate student? Talk to your Academic Advisor to see if the Graduate Credit or Undergraduate Credit is a better fit for you!
An optional 1-credit ECED 410/510 Reggio Emilia Inspirations online class is held each winter term at an additional cost (over 1 month) as an introduction to core ideas.
|Language of Instruction||English|
|Host Country Language||Italian|
|Housing||Hotel / Hostel|
|Class Standing Eligibility||
*Preference is given to PSU students
*This program is open to members of the early childhood education community
|Minimum GPA Requirements||Undergraduate: 2.75
|Previous Coursework||Early Childhood Education preferred|
|Language Requirement||No previous language study required|
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|Single Occupancy (limited availability)||
TBD Spring 2020
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*Application Fee: All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will be assessed to the students' account.