The third teacher: An architectural project that encompasses the Reggio Emilia pedagogy

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Chamberlain, Zachary Dane
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Master of Architecture (Professional)
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Unitec, Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology
Date
2022-10
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Jadresin-Milic, Renata
Francis, Kerry
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Masters Thesis
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Hobsonville Point (N.Z.)
New Zealand
kindergartens
school architecture
Reggio Emilia approach (early childhood education)
student-centred learning
early childhood education
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Chamberlain, Z. D. (2022). The third teacher: An architectural project that encompasses the Reggio Emilia pedagogy (Unpublished document submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Architecture (Professional)). Unitec, Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology https://hdl.handle.net/10652/6099
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RESEARCH QUESTION How can a New Zealand kindergarten encompass the Reggio Emilia approach as its architecture? ABSTRACT The future is changing, so New Zealand should prepare the next generations by adapting its schooling. The country’s traditional teaching methods are not appropriate to meet the demands of the current evolution of technology. Without a change to this system, future generations will struggle to Þ nd employment. There will be a lack of creative skills due to the current priority placed on academic success. Yet, these will be the primary skills that technology will struggle to replace. This project is named The Third Teacher, which represents the ability of both the environment and architecture to educate. The aim is to encompass the Reggio Emilia teaching method in the architecture of a New Zealand kindergarten. The design should reflect a strong emphasis on the teaching style, thereby helping encourage the critical aspects of the approach. As a result, when interacting with the space, the children’s creative and social learning are prioritised. This priority aims to prepare the next generations for the careers of the future. The Reggio Emilia approach is implemented in some New Zealand schools, yet the architecture does not portray the methods’ ideologies. Due to this, many of the fundamental values of the teaching style are lost, as the environment children learn in should influence their learning. There are many elements to the design of a Reggio Emilia school, which could be incorporated into this project. The Third Teacher intends to implement these fundamental ideas, while being unique to the country’s context. This project's predominant research and design amalgamates the Reggio Emilia theories and the New Zealand context, with these two elements coming together in the form of a piece of architecture. Site: Hobsonville Point (N.Z.)
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