Reggio Inspired Emergent Curriculum & Constructivist Practices in Early Childhood Education

Dr. Jane Broderick


Dr. Broderick is currently a Professor of Early Childhood at East Tennessee State University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that focus on creative development of young children, as well as documentation and assessment of the learning process. These courses incorporate socio-constructivist principles.

Prior to coming to ETSU Dr. Broderick studied at the University of Massachusetts under the guidance of Dr. George Forman where she served as the Atelierista, Documentarian, and Co-Teacher in the older classroom of the university’s Reggio inspired Early Childhood Laboratory School (ECLS). Currently Dr. Broderick mentors the Child Study Center teaching staff at ETSU as they journey through their process of implementing inquiry practice that is Reggio inspired. She also serves as a Board member of the Association for Constructivist Teaching, and has been a co-editor of its journal, The Constructivist.

Her research interests include: empirical studies of emergent curriculum, the role of documentation on teacher development, inquiry-based curriculum development and learning, the role of materials and the environment on learning and development, the concepts underlying children’s play – particularly related to social interaction, and documentation.

With a background in Fine Art and Creativity Dr. Broderick has a deep knowledge of materials and the creative process, at the core of Reggio inspired practice and the basis of children’s many languages for learning.

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