Can Mandated Curriculum Be Taught Within the Reggio Emilia Philosophy?

Debra Heck, Concordia University, St. Paul


During the past decade much attention has been paid by educators to the educational philosophies practiced in other nations. One of these philosophies is the Reggio philosophy in Reggio Emilia, Italy. There are many noteworthy characteristics within this philosophy, but with mandated curriculum to teach, the question became "Can Mandated Curriculum be Taught Within the Reggio Philosophy?" This researcher has found that within a classroom inspired by the work of the educators in Reggio Emilia, Italy, mandated curriculum is not only taught but exceeded. Learning is truly limitless.