Title

“You Can’t Mandate What Matters:” Bumping Visions Against Practices

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2011

Publication Source

Teacher Development

Volume

15

Issue

3

Inclusive pages

305-318

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

In this study, an American public school principal’s vision of promoting growth in her teachers and students was inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. Unlike other educational approaches, this approach did not involve a product, i.e., “to become Reggio,” and it did not involve a set of rules or mandates. Instead, the principal had her teachers engaging in a process that examined and bumped into their own teaching practices. Through this work, they also tapped into their own identity, worldviews or beliefs, as well as others’ in order to bring greater awareness, congruency, and growth as individual teachers and as a school. Since there is no direct equivalent of the American public school principal in the Italian approach, this study provides a glimpse of one principal’s role in introducing and utilizing the approach for inspiration, exploration and growth.

Keywords

Reggio Emilia Approach, Early childhood, Teacher change, Hermeneutics

Disciplines

Education | Other Teacher Education and Professional Development | Pre-Elementary, Early Childhood, Kindergarten Teacher Education

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