Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Reggio Emilia in China: The Use of a Social Justice Approach to Early Learning to Prepare Children for a Multicultural Global Adoption Market

Berenice Nyland, Chris Nyland.

This paper is based on a program currently being run in a children’s home in Shanghai. The program is of interest as it involves a Chinese-American partnership, a complex integration of educational and development ideas from differing cultures, was devised as a social justice project to support girl children, and the context is an orphanage and the global adoption market.

The paper will explore how ideas, in this case the educational philosophies of Reggio Emilia, can globalise and become manifest in different forms depending on cultural values and the intentions of the users. The context supplies a rich background for this discussion. Cultural values are situated in the global adoption market and the infant, toddler and preschool programs are intended to prepare disadvantaged Chinese children for a life in middle America. To render these children suitable to cross-border transfer they are exposed to a conglomerate of experiences created by diverse circumstances that are both multi-cultural and multi-lingual.


Berenice Nyland  (Australia)

Berenice is a lecturer in early childhood at RMIT. Chris is at Monash University and teaches international business. Common interests in the transfer of ideas and security of children have led to this paper.

Chris Nyland  (Australia)

  • Reggio Emilia
  • China
  • social justice
  • adoption

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)