In our most recent edition of European Education: Issues and Studies, Marcela Batistič Zorec of the University of Ljubljana explored the impact of introducing the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy at preschools in Slovenia. Here is the abstract of their paper, "Children’s Participation in Slovene Preschools: The Teachers’ Viewpoints and Practice" (DOI:10.1080/10564934.2015.1039878):
If you would like to read the entire paper and the important voice of teachers in this area, or if you would like to read any other content from our journal, you can find out more about subscriptions at this page.This article presents part of the research performed in a project from 2008 to 2013, regarding the introduction of the Reggio Emilia approach to Slovene preschool educators. The study’s aim was to recognize the possible influence of the training—from 2009 to 2011—in this project on educators’ viewpoints and the promotion of children’s participation in practice. We believe that a potential reform of the Slovene national curriculum should establish the participation of children as one of its key principles. It seems that the two-year intensive training of educators, followed by projects in preschool practice, has been a successful step in this direction.