Day Care and Early Education

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 12–20 | Cite as

Promoting development through constructing appropriate environments: Preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy

  • Russ Firlik


Over twenty years ago, Thelma Harms, an authority on developing scales to ascertain the environmental appropriateness of classrooms for young children, wrote about evaluating early childhood environments from a child's viewpoint. Harms's focus was: To a child, everything in a setting is a potential stimulus. In other words, the relationship between adults and the child, the interactions, space, and materials all affect the overall environment. The efficacy of this focus is that it takes into account the environmental factors that contribute to the child's behavior in those settings.


Environmental Factor Young Child Early Childhood Potential Stimulus Childhood Environment 
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© Human Sciences Press 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Russ Firlik
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  1. 1.South SchoolNew Canaan
  2. 2.Graduate EducationSacred Heart UniversityFairfield

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