RE: [xmca] Project based Instruction

From: Duvall, Emily <emily who-is-at>
Date: Sun Jul 20 2008 - 06:29:02 PDT

It is "The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education" by Edwards, Gandini, Forman. Although there are other texts that also begin with "the hundred languages of children"... based on

One of my graduate students, Monica - who posts here from time to time - has been a teacher in a local Reggio school here in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and it is a focus of her research. She may be able to help you more. She will also be joining me at ISCAR and will be doing a poster presentation on some of her work in this area.


Meanwhile, just for the joy of it... Malaguzzi's poem....

The Hundred Languages

No way. The hundred is there.

The child
is made of one hundred.
The child has
a hundred languages
a hundred hands
a hundred thoughts
a hundred ways of thinking
of playing, of speaking.

A hundred always a hundred
ways of listening
of marveling, of loving
a hundred joys
for singing and understanding
a hundred worlds
to discover
a hundred worlds
to invent
a hundred worlds
to dream.

The child has
a hundred languages
(and a hundred hundred hundred more)
but they steal ninety-nine.
The school and the culture
separate the head from the body.
They tell the child:
to think without hands
to do without head
to listen and not to speak
to understand without joy
to love and to marvel
only at Easter and at Christmas.

They tell the child:
to discover the world already there
and of the hundred
they steal ninety-nine.

They tell the child:
that work and play
reality and fantasy
science and imagination
sky and earth
reason and dream
are things
that do not belong together.

And thus they tell the child
that the hundred is not there.
The child says:
No way. The hundred is there.

-Loris Malaguzzi (translated by Lella Gandini)
Founder of the Reggio Emilia Approach





From: [] On Behalf Of Michael Glassman
Sent: Sunday, July 20, 2008 5:01 AM
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: RE: [xmca] Project based Instruction




There has been some of what you are looking for, but it has been done primarily with early childhood education. You might want to take a look at people doing work with Reggio Emilia - which has attempted to a certain extent to combine Vygotsky and Project Based Instruction (among others). There is a book - I can't remember the exact title - something like "A Thousand languages of Childhood'. There is a chapter by the person who originated the philosophy.


For older students there is of course Dewey, and George S. Counts for high school students I believe, but there is no integration with Vygotsky.





From: on behalf of jose david herazo
Sent: Sat 7/19/2008 10:57 PM
Subject: [xmca] Project based Instruction


Dear all

At the moment I am planning a module on Project BAed Instruction, PBI, for a Diploma course on new methodological trends in English as a Foreign Language. As part of th module contents, I would like to establish the connection between PBI and the work of Vygotsky and researchers on SCT. HOwever, I haven't found much literature available. I think that the article by van Lier in Lantolf's 2008 book elaborates on this connection, but unfortunately I will not get the book in time for the module. Could anybody please point me in the right direction? I would also appreciate if you could suggest online sources that I could download.

Kind regards to all

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