The Reggio Emilia Institute, Sweden

The Reggio Emilia Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

In 2010 I went to visit the Pre-Schools in Stockholm who work ‘in dialogue’ with the principles and values of the Reggio experience but within their own Swedish context. They are keen to express too that the Reggio Emilia experience for them helps them to re-consider their spaces for children as a democratic place of education.   It is not that they wish to reproduce what they see but instead to use what they see to question their own ways of being.
Harold Gothson (International Coordinator for Reggio Emilia Institute, Sweden) described what inspiration from Reggio Emilia could look like in their context and I think these points give much food for thought when UK early childhood settings say they too are inspired by the Reggio approach.
  1. A place where collective reflection is part of everyday practice
  2. A place that constructs its own cultural pedagogy
  3. A democratic space and place
  4. A place that considers participation in relation to children, families, educators and forms a strong relationship to their own community
  5. A place where group learning is highly valued
  6. A place that strives for experimentation, innovation ‘projecting for change’
  7. A place that questions daily the role and functions of pedagogical documentation
  8. A place where the environment is considered the third pedagogue
  9. A place that rejects hierarchical models and instead embraces co-operation and collaboration
  10. A place that recognises the 100 languages and the aesthetics of learning

In October 2011, I shall be returning to Stockholm and welcoming Swedish pedagogues to the UK with three early years settings I work with in the West Midlands to participate in a pedagogic exchange to explore:

    • How we work with parents as participators/collaborators at our pre-schools? (Strategies and methods as well as building mutuality and respectful relationships)
    • How we construct and choose our environments, materials, provocations and work with children’s own choices?
    • How do we construct and make progress with projects?

Click Here to view a powerpoint of traces of my experience on the 2010 study tour to Sweden

2 thoughts on “The Reggio Emilia Institute, Sweden

  1. Hello!
    I have been visiting your site and I would like to get in touch with you. I am going to The Winter Institute in Italy on February 17th and I will also be traveling to Sweden after the institute. My goal is to visit and observe other learning places where the Reggio Emilia approach is used.
    I am also visiting Northern Germany.

    Sandra Carrillo
    Roxbury, Vermont USA

  2. Hello Sandra, I will be there too!!! I arrive in Reggio Emilia on 15th February as I am attending the International Network Meeting on behalf of the UK Reggio Network called Sightlines Initiative that precedes the week and also travelling to Sweden following the Institute to work with some of the Pre-Schools in Stockholm along with some educators I am working with in the UK. It would be great to meet up!!! Please do email – debikeytehartland@mac.com, otherwise I will look out for you!

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