Children’s Views of the Learning Environment: A Study Exploring the Reggio Emilia Principle of the Environment as the Third Teacher
This research study explored the concept of
the environment as the third teacher and how
kindergarten children in a school inspired by
Reggio Emilia viewed their classroom as a space
to help them learn. A qualitative analysis of
the research data reveals that children perceive
their environment as a space that contributes
to their learning and acts as a third teacher in
the classroom. In summary, the children in this
study described the specific ways they were able
to learn with the materials located within the
centres of their classroom, the ways they engaged
in imaginative or pretend play, making real-life
connections and communicating with peers, and
the learning that developed through exploration
of the documentation on the classroom walls.
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