The Prospects of Reggio Emilia in The UAE As an Investigative Study: The Effectivity of The Italian Curriculum’s Reggio Emilia Approach in UAE’s Public Schools
The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
Abstract The Reggio Emilia approach is a well-known educational philosophy or strategy utilized in several segments of the globe to astounding results (Gantt, 2021). The Reggio Emilia approach utilizes the freedom of exploration, various learning activities, independent approaches, a conducive learning environment, and more to potentially unlock the creative and motivated mindset of children. It centers itself on the concept of Hundred Languages, which states the endless potential of children and the countless ways they could explore, communicate, and express themselves. By figuring out the best methods of expression and communication and letting them immerse themselves, the children may be stimulated further into optimizing the learning experience. For this research, public school teachers were asked survey questions to determine the viability and effectiveness of the Reggio Emilia approach in the UAE. At the same time, document analysis was used for some nurseries who were applying Reggio Emilia and focused on their vision and how they are implementing the Reggio Emilia approach in UAE and to know more about parent opinion about the effectiveness of these nurseries It was discovered that a strongly positive response was acquired when it comes to the theory and implementation of the Reggio Emilia approach in the UAE’s early childhood education sector. The best implementation is one that utilizes freedom, flexibility, exploration, and limited interventions.
Reggio Emilia, hundred languages, learning environment, early childhood education, United Arab Emirates (UAE), public schools, Italian curriculum, educational philosophy