Title: Bambini: The Italian Approach to Infant/Toddler Care. Early Childhood Education Series.
Author(s): Gandini, Lella, Ed.; Edwards, Carolyn Pope, Ed.
Publication Date: 2001
Notes: Foreword by Robert N. Emde.
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Document Type: Book (010); Collected works--General (020)
Geographic Source: U.S.; Vermont
Journal Announcement: RIEJUN2001
describes Italian experiences in providing early care and education,
focusing on four cities--Milan, Parma, Reggio Emilia, and Pistoia--with
outstanding city-run systems designed to serve children under 3
and their families. The book considers specific strategies or practices
used, and interprets the significance of the Italian innovations
for American early childhood practice. Following an introduction
on the historical context of Italian early care and questions addressed
by the book, the chapters are: (1) "Infant Care in the United
States and How the Italian Experience Can Help" (J. Ronald
Lally); (2) "Infant-Toddler Centers in Italy Today: Tradition
and Innovation" (Susanna Mantovani); (3) "Change in Italian
National Policy for Children 0-3 Years Old and Their Families: Advocacy
and Responsibility" (Patrizia Ghedini); (4) "Reggio Emilia:
The Image of the Child and the Child's Environment as a Fundamental
Principle" (Carlina Rinaldi); (5) "Reggio Emilia: Experiencing
Life in an Infant-Toddler Center. Interview with Cristina Bondavalli"
(Lella Gandini); (6) "Milan: Meeting New Kinds of Family Needs"
(Susanna Mantovani); (7) "Parma: Supporting the Work of Teachers
through Professional Development, Organization, and Administrative
Support" (Nice Terzi and Marialuisa Cantarelli); (8) "Pistoia:
Creating a Dynamic, Open System To Serve Children, Families, and
Community" (Annalia Galardini and Donatella Giovannini); (9)
"'Inserimento': A Strategy for Delicately Beginning Relationships
and Communications" (Chiara Bove); (10) "Two Reflections
about Documentation" (Lella Gandini and Jeanne Goldhaber);
(11) "Traces of Childhood: A Child's Diary" (Donatella
Giovannini); (12) "Inclusion: Dario's Story" (Gabri Magrini
and Lella Gandini); (13) "Knowing and Learning in an Educational
Context: A Study in the Infant-Toddler Centers of the City of Pistoia"
(Tullia Musatti and Susanna Mayer); (14) "Research as a Partnership
for Learning Together: Studying the Growth of Relationships Inside
the Nido" (Carolyn Pope Edwards and Lella Gandini); (15) "'Quando
c'e' Figli' (When There Are Children): Observations on Italian Early
Childhood" (Rebecca S. New); and (16) "Conclusions for
Now, Questions and Directions for the Future" (Carolyn Pope
Edwards and Lella Gandini). Most chapters contain references. (KB)
Descriptors: Caregiver Child Relationship; *Day Care; Delivery Systems; Documentation; Family School Relationship; Foreign Countries; Inclusive Schools; *Infant Care; *Infants; Preschool Curriculum; *Preschool Education; Professional Development; Program Descriptions; Public Policy; *Reggio Emilia Approach; Student Evaluation; Teacher Administrator Relationship; *Toddlers
Identifiers: Historical Background; *Italy; Parent Caregiver Relationship; Special Needs Children; United States