Seventh International School On Mind, Brain And Education

2012 July 30 - August 4

Teaching: A New Frontier
of the Neurocognitive
Sciences, Education
and Culture

Directors: Antonio M. Battro and Kurt W. Fischer
Program officer: María Lourdes Majdalani

Abstract: Carla Rinaldi
International Centre Loris Malaguzzi, Reggio Emilia. ITALY

Making learning visible. Children as individual and group learners
Numerous studies on individual and group learning can be found in the literature, but few have focused on individual learning strategies within the group and the learning of the group, particularly when it consists of young children. Moreover, little has been published in the pedagogical-educational sphere on the relationship between documentation and assessment.
What is a learning group? To what extent is individual learning reinforced and enhanced or, on the contrary, stifled and inhibited, in a learning group? Can a group construct its own way of learning? To what extent can a relational group really be a learning group?
The hypothesis in Reggio Emilia educational experience is that documentation can foster both individual and group learning, creating a relationship between them.
In Reggio Emilia we tried to identify methods and processes that will enable educators to reflect not only on the learning processes of children but also on those of adults, supporting their thinking and action in relation to the children’s processes and their dialogue with colleagues.