The Wonder of Learning Exhibit


The Pursuit of the Possible

At the core of The Wonder of Learning—The Hundred Languages of Children exhibit is the desire to create a democratic piazza – a social space that connects the creativity and expression of children to the public sphere.

“What is unique about human learning is its dedication to possibility. When we human beings learn, the act of learning carries us beyond what we have encountered and propels us into the realm of the possible. The human learning process is not simply about acquiring knowledge about what we have encountered: it is dedicated to “going beyond the information given.” There is no other species on the face of the earth so dedicated to the pursuit of the possible.” Jerome Bruner, p. 10., The Wonder of Learning Catalogue    

The exhibit is a visual representation of the Reggio Emilia philosophy and a chance for the public to participate in the ongoing dialogue between educators, children, parents and the community. Together with a community collaborator, NAREA partners with cities around North America to bring this exhibit to a wide audience.

The current exhibit is comprised of works from Reggio Emilia children and adults and may take the form of visual, poetic, auditory and kinesthetic works. The exhibit may be viewed as individual works with a unique perspective and as a collective story, many individual threads that together weave a cohesive creative narrative.

Intelligence in children and adults

The hundred languages with which each child (human being) is gifted

Research and its methods characterize the advance of knowledge in children and adults, and more generally of being and doing school

the importance played by poetic languages in safeguarding a more complete approach to knowing

processes of observation and documentation as a base for interpreting what is vital for designing education work (progettazione)

Children's Rights Video

Thank you to Boulder Journey School for producing this video promoting children’s rights and to the exhibit hosts 2008-2014 (phase one) for their contributions to the video.

“Infants and children in all places in the world cannot continue to have rights only on paper: the right to have good parents, good housing, good food, good schools, good teachers, and good governments is what they ask for and what is urgently needed. If we adults will keep in mind that the children are always the holders of new possibilities and perspectives – and not only in the field of learning and of knowledge – perhaps we will not carelessly dissipate, with guilty nonchalance, the good that they, along with us, possess.”

Loris Malaguzzi, Letter from Loris Malaguzzi, Innovations in Early Education: The International Emilia Exchange Fall 1992

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