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The Pedagogy of Reggio Emilia: Developmentally appropriate practice through the looking glass of Dewey’s democracy

Author(s) Dýrfjörð, K.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2006  
Editor A. Ross, Citizenship Education: Europe and the World  
Language English  
Age group -  
Education is one of the pillars of democracy, but many see schools as rather undemocratic institutions, yet we rely on schools to prepare students for participation in democratic actions. Dewey’s concern for democracy in a changing world is understood as a community of people with common understandings and trust, each with a right to belong and participate in collective commitments. This paper examine two educational trends: developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) and the philosophy of Reggio Emilia, both which acknowledge Dewey as a source for their democratic views. We need schools where the philosophy is the joint property of the children, teachers, parents, politicians and society as whole, where the identity is not either/or, but a hybrid where both are key concepts.

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