Bambini: The Italian Approach to Infant/Toddler Care / Edition 1

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807740088
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2000
  • Series: Early Childhood Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 921,905
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Contexts of Caregiving: History, Culture, Family, and Politics
Ch. 1 Infant Care in the United States and How the Italian Experience Can Help 15
Ch. 2 Infant-Toddler Centers in Italy Today: Tradition and Innovation 23
Ch. 3 Change in Italian National Policy for Children 0-3 Years Old and Their Families: Advocacy and Responsibility 38
Pt. II Vision, Strategy, and Innovation: Experiences from Different Cities in Italy
Ch. 4 Reggio Emilia: The Image of the Child and the Child's Environment as a Fundamental Principle 49
Ch. 5 Reggio Emilia: Experiencing Life in an Infant-Toddler Center: Interview with Cristina Bondavalli 55
Ch. 6 Milan: Meeting New Kinds of Family Needs 67
Ch. 7 Parma: Supporting the Work of Teachers Through Professional Development, Organization, and Administrative Support 78
Ch. 8 Pistoia: Creating a Dynamic, Open System to Serve Children, Families, and Community 89
Pt. III Notable Practices: Strategies, Reasons, and Narratives
Ch. 9 Inserimento: A Strategy for Delicately Beginning Relationships and Communications 109
Ch. 10 Two Reflections About Documentation 124
Ch. 11 Traces of Childhood: A Child's Diary 146
Ch. 12 Inclusion: Dario's Story 152
Pt. IV Reflections by Participant-Observers and Research Collaborators
Ch. 13 Knowing and Learning in an Educational Context: A Study in the Infant-Toddler Centers of the City of Pistoia 167
Ch. 14 Research as a Partnership for Learning Together: Studying the Growth of Relationships Inside the Nido 181
Ch. 15 Quando c'e' Figli (When There Are Children): Observations on Italian Early Childhood 200
Ch. 16 Conclusions for Now, Questions and Directions for the Future 216
About the Editors and the Contributors 227
Index 231
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  • Posted April 26, 2010

    Italian culture examined through the eyes of a child

    The book Bambini is a comprehensive collection of articles by progressive educators in the field of early childhood education and child development experts. It is a book that examines why children, specifically infants and toddlers in Italy receive great child care services that are mandatorily provided by government and non government agencies and how children in child care are placed there not for the benefit of parents to be able to work on other things but for the benefit of the child. The book is an excellent source of insights on why it works for them and how it can work us here in the United States. I am currently a child care provider and reading this book really made me see a different side to my profession, it made me see how a village really needs to work together to help children grow into what we ideally view as functional members of society. Definitely a good read for educators and parents alike!

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