VU is the only Australian university to offer a student and professor study tour to Reggio Emilia in Italy – the town where the renowned Reggio Emilia early childhood education system was founded. Emily Gannaway is one of the students who took part in this unique 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 Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.
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."