Thinking about values in early childhood education alongside Loris Malaguzzi

Wednesday 1 March
Room 201, St Alphege, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR

​The municipal schools of Reggio Emilia are the most extensive and sustained example ever of progressive education, and Loris Malaguzzi, the first director of these schools, was one of the greatest educational thinkers and practitioners of the 20th century. Although for children under 6 years old, Malaguzzi saw Reggio Emilia’s municipal schools as relevant to the whole school system and as an example of a much needed renewal of public education. In this seminar I will argue that Malaguzzi sees education as, first and foremost, a political practice, built on political questions and choices. I will explore the choices made in Reggio Emilia in response to one political question: what are the values of our education?, relating those choices to a particular historical, political and cultural context. I will conclude by considering the relevance of this unique experience to education in England today and in particular to our thinking about values and their relationship to pedagogy.

About the speaker:

Peter Moss is Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood Education at UCL Institute of Education. His interests are wide-ranging, including early childhood education; democracy in education; the relationship between care, employment and gender; and social pedagogy. Much of his work has been cross-national, and in his most recent book he has edited (with colleagues in Reggio Emilia) a selection of the writings and speeches of Loris Malaguzzi – ‘Loris Malaguzzi and the Schools of Reggio Emilia: a selection of writings and speeches, 1945-1993’.

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