Ett förändrat förhållningssätt : En kvalitativ intervjustudie av pedagogers syn på att arbeta Reggio Emilia-inspirerat i förskolan

by Sillanpää, Linda; Skogsberg, Sofia

Abstract (Summary)
This is a qualitative, empirical study based on interviews with six educationists working at Reggio Emilia inspired pre schools. The Reggio Emilia philosophy originates from northern Italy, where it developed after the Second World War. It was introduced in Sweden in the early 1980’s. The opinion within Reggio Emilia is that all children are rich and competent, and you constantly work on evaluation and development of the practice by help of pedagogical documentation, for example. The aim of the study is to examine if the educationists at two Reggio Emilia inspired pre schools are of the opinion that their approach has changed, compared to how they earlier exercised their profession in pre school. In the literary part of the study we describe the origin of the Reggio Emilia philosophy, the development of the Swedish pre school, and also when and how Reggio Emilia was introduced in Sweden. Furthermore we describe the fundamental ideas we have found to be the core of the Reggio Emilia philosophy. The result of the study shows that the educationists have changed their approach in five areas. They are of the opinion that they have changed their view of children and the way they work with documentation. They strive to involve children and parents more in the pre school activities, and also to make their pre school more involved in the community. The educationists have also changed the surroundings at the pre school to give the children the possibility to be more independent, and they are now working with age divided groups of children. In the discussion we reflect upon the importance for educationists being able to motivate to parents what their practice is based on, and also being able to explain the meaning of a Reggio Emilia inspired approach.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Högskolan i Skövde

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:pre school view of children documentation participation surroundings age division reggio emilia approach


Date of Publication:06/04/2008

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