Edited by: Carol Anne Wien
Publication Date: August 3, 2008
Series: Early Childhood Education Series
How is a compelling, exemplary curriculum created in schools in spite of the pressures to implement a standardized one? In this book, teachers and principals share their experiences with emergent curriculum, and with the creative practices they’ve developed in urban classrooms kindergarten to 3rd grade. We learn what they were trying to do, how they began the process, the challenges they faced, the decisions they made, and what happened to the children. All chapters are written by teachers who have found ways of interpreting the Reggio approach to enrich their teaching within the confines of traditional schools. This book is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand emergent curriculum and for all who hope to nurture an enlivening, energizing way to learn in classrooms. The inspiring stories presented here illustrate:
Carol Anne Wien is Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University, Toronto.
“Unique insights into a curriculum approach that generates high levels of engagement and learning.”
“A treasure trove of useful frameworks, wonderful teacher stories, and memorable insights.”
—Carolyn Pope Edwards, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
“Carol Anne Wien demonstrates again that she can illustrate complex ideas—this time the theories underlying the Reggio Emilia approach—in innovative ways for a broad audience.”
—Celia Genishi, Teachers College, Columbia University
“A must read for educators seeking an antidote to prescriptive curricular practice that respects neither children nor teachers.”
—Curt Dudley-Marling, Lynch School of Education, Boston College
"This book provides long overdue and compelling pathways for extending Reggio Emilia principles into the primary grades. It will encourage readers to feel their way into the spirit and substance of emergent curricula and come away rejuvenated."
—Daniel Scheinfeld, Erikson Institute, Chicago, Illinois