Reggio Emilia Approach: An Analysis

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It is my belief that education in America today should include more collaboration and working in groups so that each child is an equal participant where their thoughts and questions valued. Teachers should not be the primary givers of knowledge, but provide learning opportunities and guide children as they learn by asking questions and then letting them find answers by conducting their own investigations. (“What is the Reggio Emilia Approach?,” 2016). ). They should also use a balance of teaching strategies and learning opportunities that are child centered and responsive to student’s needs and interests (Freeman, Decker, and Decker, 2013). School environments should be supplied with many interesting types of materials that inspire children …show more content…
Dewey believed that learning is active and that a quality education should have both a purpose for the student and for society (Koonce, 2016). Because research and studies exist “that support the validity of hands-on activities and their correlation to student success,” it would appear that Dewey’s philosophy about the importance of learning by doing is a sound one (Kymes, 2004, par. 10). Adler felt that education should be basically the same for all children (Koonce, 2016). In his Paideia Proposal for public schools, Adler says that children must attain organized knowledge, intellectual skills, and understanding of ideas and values which all should have a different teaching style (Koonce, 2016). Today many schools still utilize standardized curriculum for its students with the idea that each child has the right to an equal education. Although I feel that each child should have the same opportunity to a quality education, standardized curriculums can severely limit the opportunities for students to learn. This is due to the fact that they offer a one-size-fits all program which may cause students to become disengaged if they have any problems understanding the concepts being taught (Bjerede, 2013). John Holt felt that children learn best at home because schools stifle learning due to boredom and fear (Koonce, 2016). “Holt’s stated aim in promoting

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