Young Children's Right to Beauty: Aesthetics and Pedagogical Documentation in Reggio Emilia

Posted on October 2, 2014

A reflection by Elizabeth Battersby

In her profoundly illuminating presentation, Dr Stefania Giamminuti began by reminding us of the hope and joy that arose in Reggio Emilia from the rubble and ruins left behind in the aftermath of WW11. Hope and joy are the foundation of the Reggio approach whose principles Stefania commented upon from her own unique and richly knowledgeable socio- cultural perspective. Stefania spent six months living and researching in the municipal infant- toddler centres and schools of Reggio Emila, in particular three month each at Nido Arcobaleno (an infant-toddler centre) and Scuola Pablo Neruda (a school for 3-6 year olds). REANZ committee member Lorraine Manuela revealed that Stefania describes herself as both a listener and an observer. Indeed, she proved herself to be an acute listener and observer, for whom the notion of the pedagogy of listening embraces Carla Rinaldi’s view of listening: