Building an Outdoor Classroom: Participatory Service Design to Build Community in Preschool Contexts

Preschools often encourage parents/guardians, staff, and administrators to become involved in the educational community by volunteering at social events. However, engaging stakeholders in the co-construction of curriculum and learning environments can sometimes prove difficult to organize. This poster details the results of a case study on encouraging community participation at a Reggio Emilia inspired preschool by using a service design methodology. The poster explains how the project engaged the community by creating and facilitating stakeholder networks in person and on social media. Additionally, the poster highlights how the community cooperatively solved problems to improve Reggio learning outcomes.

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