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In the Spirit of the Studio, Second Edition

In the Spirit of the Studio, Second Edition

In the Spirit of the Studio, Second Edition

Learning from the Atelier of Reggio Emilia

Author(s): Charles Schwall, Lella Gandini, Louise Cadwell, Lynn Hill (click on the author's name for more titles)

ISBN: 9780807756324

Binding: Paperback

Published by: Teachers College Press

RRP $89.95


This critically acclaimed, lavishly illustrated book will help educators create the highest quality learning opportunities for a new generation of children.

The Second Edition features substantial and important changes, including the addition of new chapters by pioneers of the work that happens in the atelier who draw on several decades of experience.

The atelier or studio is a key element of the renowned preschools and infant-toddler centers of Reggio Emilia, Italy. This beautiful, full-color resource explores how the experiences of children interacting with rich materials in the atelier affect an entire school’s approach to the construction and expression of thought and learning. The authors provide examples of projects and address practical aspects of the atelier, including organizing the environment and using materials. No other book presents a more thorough examination of the philosophy, practice, and essential influence of the Reggio-inspired studio.

Book Features:
• A comprehensive approach that addresses learning, collaboration, relationships, and community.
• The writing and practice of influential educators from Reggio Emilia, including a new chapter by Vea Vecchi.
• A window into many ateliers/studios within the United States that have created settings and experiences to suit their unique contexts.
• Updated conversations with the protagonists from Reggio Emilia as they speak about the history and evolution of the atelier.

Contributors: Pauline Baker, Barbara Burrington, George Forman, Susan Harris MacKay, Giovanni Piazza, Carlina Rinaldi, Lori Geismar Ryan, and Vea Vecchi.

“Brims with suggestions and examples of projects and testimonies, and should become a requirement for all graduate students entering the education field.”
— Journal of the Association for Childhood Education International

“Will help to promote a vibrant and creative approach to learning that will enrich American children’s educational experience.”
— Barbara and Eric Carle, author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Lella Gandini is the Reggio Children U.S. liaison for dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach. Lynn Hill is an educational consultant. Louise Cadwell is co-founder of Cadwell Collaborative: Sustainability Education and School Design. Charles Schwall is pedagogical curator at The St. Michael School of Clayton in St. Louis.