Bachelor of Psychology – University of Surabaya, Indonesia
Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education – University of A uckland, New Zealand
Julian’s passion for children has led her to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education. When she was looking through books in her campus’ library ECCE (Early Childhood Care and Education) section, the Reggio Emilia Approach (REA) caught her attention. At first it was because the name sounds beautiful to her, but when she started reading books on this approach, she fall in love with it. There is no turning back. She decided to write a thesis about this approach, which required her to read lots of books about the REA. What captivated her most about the REA is the educators’ image of the child, which has become her own. She believes that children are creative and that they are strong, powerful learners who are able to construct their own knowledge. Therefore, an educator’s job is not only to transfer knowledge, but also to provide a rich environment in which children can savely explore and discover the answers of their questions themselves. Julian believes that learning should be meaningful, so it is important that the educator observes and documents the children’s interests, actions, words, et cetera in order to make relevant lesson plans.