Three members of the Davis & Elkins College faculty have been exploring methods in early childhood education including an innovative approach founded in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
This methodology focuses on the child's individual way of learning and the importance of a creative school environment. The D&E contingent travelled to Italy with other early childhood education professionals as part of a group organized by West Virginia University.
The D&E faculty members who took part in the trip includes Erin Brumbaugh, associate professor of education; Michael Doig, instructor of art; and Denice Reese, associate professor of nursing.
Davis & Elkins College faculty members Erin Brumbaugh, left, Michael Doig and Denice Reese visit Italy with other early childhood education professionals as part of a group organized by West Virginia University.
The Reggio Emilia approach views children as competent learners and nurtures teacher relationships with families and the community by looking at the whole child. Experiencing this innovative approach first-hand not only facilitates integrating it with D&E's teacher education curriculum but also potential future education initiatives.