Emily Gannaway's inspiring study tour to Reggio Emilia in Italy provided her with perspectives that are unique to an international learning experience.
"The Reggio Emilia tour inspired me in a way that no other experience could. It’s one thing to read theory about an education approach: it’s another thing to immerse yourself in it. The connections I made there were so valuable. Through workshops with the collaborative and creative community, my own philosophies were shifted. I also had the chance to explore Italy – something I will be forever grateful for!
The first-hand knowledge and experience I gained on the study tour has made me more grounded in my studies. I have a greater interest in learning because I have a deeper understanding of the practical context. I have been inspired to incorporate Reggio Emilia techniques into my current teaching placement and I hope to one day work in a Reggio Emilia early childhood centre when I complete my .
I chose VU because the VU Block Model® attracted me immensely. It has made my university experience so much more manageable, despite also working two jobs. It has taken away the stress and pressure of juggling multiple subjects. I am able to delve deeper into what I am studying and there is so much more time for collaboration in class. I have been able to get to know my peers and my lecturers. I know the positive results I have been receiving on my assignments are due to the better learning experience the VU Block Model® provides."