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Parent perceptions of a Reggio Emilia-inspired Middle School

Hesterman, S.ORCID: 0000-0001-7491-5527 (2015) Parent perceptions of a Reggio Emilia-inspired Middle School. Education and Society, 33 (1). pp. 77-96.

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Middle school students with well-developed social and emotional skills find it easier to relate to others, develop a sense of self-worth, and feel positive about themselves and the world around them. Development of these skills depends on the quality of the home and school environment ‐ the available parental and teacher support ‐ and positive interaction with these support sources. This research study explored parent perceptions of a Reggio Emilia-inspired middle school programme at a Western Australian independent community school. The school promotes a pedagogy of listening to ensure democratic dialogue between parents and teachers. The parent narrative accounts presented in this paper highlight the urgency to provide an alternative model of middle school to safeguard children’s well-being and positive school engagement. Findings show that a Reggio Emilia-inspired middle school can nurture individual students’ personal and emotional capabilities to the satisfaction of their parents and in ways that mainstream schools could not.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: James Nicholas Publishers
Copyright: © 2015 Ingenta.
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