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events of teaching and learning. Harold Göthson from Sweden extends that message as
he describes the years in which the work of Reggio educators was intimidating to Swed-
ish teachers until as a group they found their strength within themselves and their own
national educational culture. Finally, I conclude with a summary intended to help teach-
ers make connections to their own practices: a set of reflective questions I have used in
workshops with teachers and students and some themes and guidelines that emerge from
the reflective essays and move us forward toward what Loris Malaguzzi (1993) called an
“education based on relationships.”
G Carolyn Edwards, EdD, is a Willa Cather Professor and a professor of psychology and child, youth,
and family studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She is an internationally recognized expert
on child development, early childhood education, cross-cultural studies, and teacher preparation. She
is an author or editor of many books and articles, including Bambini: The Italian Approach to Infant/
Toddler Care (Teachers College Press, 2001); The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio
Emilia Approach, Advanced Reflections, 2nd ed. (Ablex, 1998); and The Hundred Languages of
Children: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education (Ablex, 1993).
Edwards, Carolyn, Lella Gandini, and George Forman, eds. 1998. The hundred languages of children: The Reggio
Emilia approach, advanced reflections. 2nd ed. Greenwich, CT: Ablex.
Gandini, Lella, and Carolyn Edwards, eds. 2001. Bambini: The Italian approach to infant/toddler care. New York:
Teachers College Press.
Malaguzzi, Loris. 1993. For an education based on relationships. Young Children 49 (1): 9–12.
Reggio Children. 1996. The hundred languages of children: Narrative of the possible. Proposals and intuitions of
children from the infant-toddler centers and preschools of the city of Reggio Emilia. Catalog of the exhibit The
hundred languages of children. Municipality of Reggio Emilia Infant-Toddler Centers and Preschools. Reggio
Emilia, Italy: Reggio Children.
Rinaldi, Carlina. 2006. In dialogue with Reggio Emilia: Listening, researching and learning. London and New York:
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