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ReMida is committed to furthering research that boosts the efficacy of child and community education practices across Western Australia and globally.
ReMida's educational roots are based on the Educational Project of Reggio Emilia and the Waste Pedagogies championed by the International Network of ReMida centres.
Since 2020, ReMida Perth has travelled to Italy, Karratha, Albany, Bunbury, Roebourne and Sweden, to learn from, work with and explore the impact of creative pedagogies on the formation of educational communities worldwide.
Research Priorities in 2024
Non-screen-based Imaginative Play (NSBIP) is a theoretical approach developed by Dr Paul Armishaw at ReMida Perth that promotes the advantages of material-based, imaginative play on the psychosocial development of children and adults. NSBIPs combine elements of the Reggio approach alongside the mechanics of Loose Parts play and ReMida Perth's creative reuse philosophy into a cohesive and replicable epistemic and pedagogical framework.
Central to the model is the belief that while technology provides significant advantages to a child's educational journey, over-exposure to screens or reduced opportunities for tactile, imagination-based play has long-term impacts on a child's emotional resilience and broader psychosocial development.
ReMida is currently exploring opportunities to undertake further research in this area as a means to support children, families, and educators in understanding how an effective balance can be reached between screen-based and non-screen-based learning opportunities. Throughout 2024, ReMida will use its blog as a means to share updates, articles and the progress of this and other research projects as they arise.
A question that arose from the Professional learning sessions delivered in 2023 was, does the Educational Project of Reggio Emilia impact the cognitive development of children aged 3 to 5 years compared to traditional education settings, and can this be measured through cognitive development markers such as language acquisition, problem-solving abilities, and creative thinking? This then led us to wonder if such benefits could be measured and how they could be communicated to help inform the policies and practices that shape education in WA.
The aim here would be to work with Reggio-inspired early learning centres and study the associated outcomes as non-invasively as possible. While there is related research on this topic, this study would further examine the various types and learning experiences a child encounters across that period. ReMida is fortunate to have an amazing network of education centres, academics, families and artists to draw from in the development of these projects
and we look forward to seeing how this and our other research projects develop over the next few years.
Resources, Past Research and Links
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