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Su, Gaoyan, & Edwards, C.P. (2016). Reggio Emilia Inspiration for Early Education in China: The Case of Zhejiang Province,

Unpublished manuscript, Taizhou University, Zhejiang, China, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Copyright (c) 2016 Gaoyan Su & Carolyn P. Edwards


The progressive spirit of the Reggio Emilia experience belongs not to Italy alone, but to the whole world. In this paper we would like to discuss how it is being received in the Zhejiang Province in China, as an example of its promise and potential to influence early childhood reform. In this way, we hope to contribute to international dialogue about Reggio-inspired education and to increase understanding about how its principles and practices are spreading to China, a vast and complex society with non-Western cultural-political traditions and institutions.