“schoolhouses without walls”

Finally getting around to reading 'The Hundred Languages of Children' (on the Reggio Emilia approach). In the foreward, Howard Gardner writes;

…just as we now have "museums without walls," which allow us to observe art from all over the world, so, to, we can now have "schoolhouses without walls" which allow us to observe educational practices as they have developed around the globe. (p.xii)

Very neatly put, Howard. Which raises the question, how would one go about creating a 'school without walls' (in this context, notwithstanding other interpretations of the phrase)?

2 thoughts on ““schoolhouses without walls”

  1. Ben Rolfe

    Not sure I get it – what does he mean by “observe educational practices”? That doesn’t sound like something you do at school? Does he mean teachers’ colleges without walls? Or does “observe educational practices” mean “engage with educational experiences”?
    Or am I wrong about what you do at school?

  2. brett rolfe

    He’s talking about other educators observing what’s happening in the school in order to improve their own pedagogy (sorry, but it’s the right word ;), rather than other students observing what’s happening in the school.
    So, his analogy with museums isn’t really that accurate perhaps.


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