Journal of Pedagogy, Pluralism, and Practice

Publication Date

Spring 2011


The inspiration of the Reggio Emilia approach to early education arises from pedagogical theories and methods based on the relationships and "languages" from the studio. Intertwined with a fundamental attitude of research, Reggio inspiration can inform pedagogical thinking for all ages, and is of particular interest for art therapy educators. The authors discuss the impact of these ideas on their work of training undergraduate and graduate students in the field of art therapy. They illustrate and discuss the application of key concepts such as the “languages” of learning, relationships, materials and images, along with the ideas of complexity and “making learning visible” through examples of student work.



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