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Authentic Childhood: Experiencing Reggio Emilia in the Classroom, 3rd Edition

By Susan Fraser
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Soft Cover
336 pages
ISBN-10: 0176501363
ISBN-13: 9780176501365
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 3rd

Authentic Childhood: Experiencing Reggio Emilia in the Classroom explores the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. The Reggio Emilia approach was developed at preschools and infant-toddler centres in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and is an emergent international curriculum. Based on constructionist learning, this text is ideal for students and teachers of all experience levels. Authentic Childhood includes inspiring stories of teachers who are transforming early childhood education and teacher preparation through the use of this new practice.


  • *NEW* Chapter 10: A new section has been added on how to help children develop environmental literacy. The discussion about the hundred languages of children has been increased to include the description of a project that investigates "The Language of Map Making."
  • *NEW* Chapter 1: Principles and statistics regarding Reggio Emilia today have been updated. Pedagogical documentation has been included.
  • *NEW* Chapter 2: Improved detail has been added regarding the theories of Dewey, Erikson, and Piaget, as well as the post-structural perspective and its influences on the way children are viewed. New sections have been included on "post structuralism" and "culture and environment."
  • *NEW* Chapter 4: A new section has been added called "Relationship with the Natural World."
  • *NEW* Chapter 5: A new section has been added called "Helping Children Form a Relationship with the Natural Environment" as well as a new focus on the process of creating an environment that acts as a third teacher.
  • *NEW* Chapter 6: An explanation of pedagogical documentation and the process of deconstruction has been added.
  • *NEW* Chapter 8: An example from Reggio Emilia "Fostering Aesthetic Awareness in Young Children" has been added.
  • *NEW* Chapter 9: An eighth intelligence ("naturalist") has been added to Howard Garner's list of intelligences. New topics of discussion include investigation of water flow, including an example of deconstruction analysis and the Eagle Project as an example of teachers and children using a community resource to develop attitudes towards environmental sustainability.
  • The powerful influence of Reggio Emilia has created a significant shift in early childhood theory and practice. The theories of Reggio Emilia are studied in depth, outlining the importance of natural and cultural experiences in grounding children in a changing world.
  • Introduction to a process by Project Zero at Harvard. This process, called deconstruction, will help teachers collaborate with children, parents, and colleagues to heighten awareness of classroom practices that are not fair and equitable for all families and children involved.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Reggio Emilia in the Classroom
  • Chapter 2: The Image of the Child
  • Chapter 3: The Role of the Teacher
  • Chapter 4: Relationships
  • Chapter 5: The Environment as Third Teacher
  • Chapter 6: Documentation
  • Chapter 7: Negotiating the Classroom
  • Chapter 8: Aesthetics in the Program
  • Chapter 9: The Investigating Classroom
  • Chapter 10: The Hundred Languages of Children
  • Epilogue: Making Reggio Our Own
  • Afterward: The Classroom Through a Relationship Lens
  • Appendix 1: The Educators
  • Appendix 2: The Collaborative Critical Reflective Protocol

Author Information

Harpreet Kochhar

Harpreet has been a faculty member of Durham College for almost 15 years. She teaches a wide range of computer-related and accounting courses in the first year and in the Executive ...