The Reggio Emilia Approach in Deaf Education
The purpose of this research study is to investigate the use of the Reggio Emilia approach in two early childhood education programs that serve young deaf and hard of hearing children in the U.S. The Reggio Emilia approach originated in Italy and has inspired many early childhood programs around the world to infuse unique child-centered, collaborative teaching and learning environments. This study will explore why and how two schools in the U.S. incorporate the Reggio Emilia approach in their teaching and learning with deaf and hard of hearing children through classroom observations and interviews. The study will potentially lead to a larger study to identify promising practices in early childhood education for young deaf children.