24 May 2024

Seven new PhDs in “Reggio Childhood Studies-from Early Childhood to Lifelong Learning”

Thursday, May 23 the defense of the theses at the Malaguzzi International Center

The research ranges from social inclusion in museums, to special educational needs of minors belonging to mafia families, to how children experience different learning processes

Seven new PhDs in Reggio Childhood Studies and Longlife Learning after the theses discussion which took place yesterday at the Loris Malaguzzi International Center for the Desu - Unimore and Fondazione Reggio Children's PhD course. The first four doctors were celebrated last November in the Sala Tricolore. Italy, New Zealand and Russia are the countries of origin of the new doctors, enrolled in the 35th and 36th cycle, who graduated yesterday. The research topics range from Scuola Diffusa to social inclusion in museums, to special educational needs of minors belonging to mafia families, to research on how children experience different learning processes. Prestigious national and international universities were involved through the speakers, from Unimore to Milan-Bicocca to Harvard.

Inaugurated in 2019, the Reggio Childhood Studies industrial PhD of the Department of Education and Human Sciences of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, directed by Professor Annamaria Contini, and the Reggio Children Foundation-Loris Malaguzzi Centre, chaired by Carla Rinaldi, in fact moves on one international scenario and sees the city of Reggio Emilia and its educational experience in early childhood as a reference context from which to start research in the most diverse fields.

The final Doctoral exam was held in the "Kuwait" room of the Loris Malaguzzi International Center. On the Judging Committee Carla Bagnoli, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, course coordinator, Luisa Zecca, University of Milan Bicocca, Federica Malfatti, Universität Innsbruck (Austria). The theses were written and defended in English.

Cristiana Prestianni talked about “Creativity and aesthetic experience. Crossroads from the Reggio Emilia Approach to Scuola Diffusa for new learning and teaching". Rapporteur Annamaria Contini, Unimore, co-rapporteur Luisa Zecca, University of Milan-Bicocca. A research that focuses on the investigation of the relationships between the ideas of John Dewey and the pedagogical approach of Reggio Emilia, in particular regarding aesthetic experience and creativity. The objective is to understand how creativity can contribute to interpreting and addressing the challenges of modern society, promoting an inclusive and democratic school.

Faustino Rizzo addressed the topic "Challenges and prospects in the protection of children's rights in mafia contexts. An analysis of the protection measures initiated by the Juvenile Court of Reggio Calabria in the years 2012-2020". Rapporteur Paola Milani, University of Padua, co-rapporteur Marcelle Padovani, journalist. The research focuses on the protection of the rights of minors born in environments influenced by mafia culture. The aim is to develop effective approaches to ensure the protection and well-being of the children involved.

Marcella Colacino dealt with "The evaluation of museum inclusion as education to complexity", rapporteur Antonia Liguori, Teesside University, co-rapporteur James Bradburne, Accademia di Brera. The main objective of this research is to explore social inclusion in museums as a dynamic process, relating inclusion to complexity education.

Massimiliano Massimelli discussed the topic: “The role of the Reggio Emilia educational experience on children's thoughts regarding learning”, rapporteur Samuel Ronfard, University of Toronto and co-rapporteur Paul Lansley Harris, Harvard University. The main objective of this research project is to explore what children think about learning, with particular attention to the role of testimony. Examines how 4- and 5-year-olds develop theories about learning in different educational contexts, whether these differences persist into primary school, and what strategies they believe are necessary for learning.

Deborah Joy Steel, New Zealand, proposed the topic: “How is the Reggio Emilia Approach inclusive of the Super-Different Child”. Rapporteur Carla Rinaldi, president of the Reggio Children Foundation, and co-rapporteur Harold Valdemar Göthson, Reggio Emilia Institutet. “Super diversity” is a phenomenon resulting from global migration, pandemics, wars and climate change. The research explores how teachers inspired by Reggio Emilia can shape inclusive and democratic learning relationships in New Zealand.

Sofya Komarova, Russia, investigated “Intelligent multisensory environment promoting the well-being of diverse children”. Rapporteurs Franca Garzotto, Polytechnic of Milan and Roberta Mineo, Unimore. The thesis focuses on promoting creativity in children with different abilities through an Interactive Multisensory Environment (iMSE), a digital space designed to stimulate perception and engage users in interactive activities.

Werther Giannini, with "The adventures of adventurers as a spark to resume experiential activities in places where human activities are sustainable and in defense of biodiversity" focuses on the negative consequences on the mental health of adolescents, in particular of Generation Z, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a particular focus on digital devices. Rapporteur Alessandro Bortolotti, University of Bologna, co-rapporteur Mike Brown, Auckland University of Technology.


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Last modified: 06 June 2024

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