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Thinker in Residence Reggio Emilia Intensive Program

This seminar is right for you if: You are an Early Years or Primary School Teacher, Curriculum Designer or Coordinator, or an Arts Educator interested in the Reggio Emilia philosophy.


ISV Seminar Room  


Independent Schools Victoria40 Rosslyn StreetWest Melbourne VIC 3003 


Monday, 11 November 2019 to Wednesday, 13 November 2019 


$1,035 – Member Schools Price (excl. GST)

$1,342 – Standard Price (excl. GST)


Program Description: 

By popular demand, Dr Stefania Giamminuti, Senior Lecturer from Curtin University, will return to Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) to present the Thinker in Residence – Reggio Emilia Intensive Program.  

The Reggio Emilia Educational Project is internationally renowned for its influence on early childhood education. Victorian schools have been implementing its principles since 1994, and its focus on the image of the child and how the hundred languages of children has enriched curricula in many centres. This is a unique opportunity to explore the principles of Reggio Emilia with ISV’s Thinker in Residence, Dr Stefania Giamminuti, who is one of Australia’s most knowledgeable presenters on the philosophy. 

Stefania will work with Early Years and Primary School Teachers to design and implement a research project customised to their unique context. This is not traditional research, but an in-depth exploration of their own practice with colleagues in their own centre to transform early childhood education in their immediate environment. In this exciting three-day seminar series, she will link teacher research to the key principles and values of the Reggio Emilia philosophy by drawing on her experience as a researcher and intern in the Reggio Emilia schools and Reggio Emilia-inspired early year’s settings in Australia. Stefania’s deep knowledge of the philosophy will guide participants’ questions and extend their knowledge of both project design and assessment. The focus of the seminar will include: 

  • exploring research questions 
  • defining research contexts 
  • considering approaches to documentation 
  • refining the goals of the research project. 

Learning Outcomes: 

Areas that will be covered during the seminar include: 

  • distilling the principles of the Reggio Emilia philosophy 
  • designing purposeful project 
  • refining an area for research and identifying research questions
  • collaborative planning with colleagues including specialists
  • gathering resources 
  • arranging the environment 
  • implementing the research project 
  • planning assessment and the collection of evidence 
  • documenting the research and continuous decision-making 
  • summative assessment, analysis of the research and celebration of learning. 

Stefania presented this Thinker in Residence Program in 2018 and it had an outstanding impact on the way participants perceived both their roles and the way they were implementing their programs. 

Presenter Information – Dr Stefania Giamminuti 

Stefania Giamminuti’s engagement with the early childhood field internationally spans over 20 years. Previously an early childhood teacher at an international school in Rome, Italy, she is currently is a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education, Curtin University in Perth. Stefania was awarded her PhD with Distinction at the University of Western Australia in 2010, she is the recipient of the 2010 Early Career Award of the Western Australian Institute for Educational Research, and she is a recipient of the Early Childhood Australia Doctoral Thesis Award for 2010. As the Creswick Foundation Fellow for 2006, Stefania spent six months engaging in PhD research in the world-renowned municipal infant-toddler centres and schools of the city of Reggio Emilia, Italy. She is the author of the eminently acclaimed book Dancing with Reggio Emilia: Metaphors for Quality, published in 2013 by Pademelon Press and recipient of the Curtin University Humanities Research Book of the Year Award 2014 (Early Career). Stefania’s research interests include: the inspirations of the Reggio Emilia educational project, quality in early childhood education and care, pedagogical documentation and professionalism of early childhood educators. Her current major research project investigates the role of the pedagogista in the educational project of Reggio Emilia. Stefania is also a member of the Council for Childhood and the City, Scuola Pablo Neruda, Reggio Emilia.