The Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association – Hong Kong Chapter (PECERA-HK) and the Yew Chung Community College (YCCC) co-organized a seminar on “If We Believe in Children’s Intelligence, It Changes Us”.
It is our honour to have Professor Karyn Callaghan as our guest speaker. She is program coordinator and lecturer in the Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies program at Charles Sturt University, founder and coordinator of the Artists at the Centre – Making Thinking Visible project, and since 1997 has been exploring the philosophy that has guided the programs in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Professor Callaghan is currently president of the Ontario Reggio Association, a national director of the Canadian Association for Young Children, and a board member of the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance. She has collaborated with Dr. Carol Anne Wien on research into the impact of the Reggio approach on early learning programs in Ontario, authored and co-authored articles published in national and international journals, and has been a keynote speaker at conferences across Canada and in the United States.
In this seminar, based on the educational philosophy of Reggio Emilia, Professor Karyn Callaghan asked us to consider the distinction between documenting, documentation, and pedagogical documentation where the environment is recognized as a teacher, where everyone is a researcher, everyone is a learner, and everyone is a teacher.