Academic Year 2021/2022 - 3° Year - Curriculum Educatore nei servizi per l'infanzia
Teaching Staff Credit Value: 10
Scientific field: M-PED/02 - HISTORY OF EDUCATION
Taught classes: 54 hours
Laboratories: 15 hours
Term / Semester:

Learning Objectives


    The aim of the course is to introduce the student to the reading of the history of schools and educational institutions through the use of the methodological and critical lenses of the annalistic historiographic tradition (nouvelle histoire), whose innovative element was the shifting of attention from the study of the history of “Events” (histoire événementielle) to that of the history of structures.

    The new epistemological paradigm for historical science, through the historiographic perspective of the longue durée, will allow for a broad and unstructured vision of the history of schools and educational institutions, in Europe and in the West, and will highlight the historical scenarios of the progressive conquest of "rights" (civil, in the eighteenth century; political, in the nineteenth century; social, in the twentieth century), directly connected to the acquisition of the "right to education and education".

    The expected learning objectives, declined according to the Dublin Descriptors, are the following:

    Knowledge and understanding (DD1)

    • Knowing theories and models in the pedagogical area to interpret educational and training events in a historical-evolutionary and political-economic perspective (of1)

    Knowledge and applied understanding (DD2)

    • Link the theoretical and methodological contents learned to the interpretation of past, present, future events and processes (of2)
    • Knowing how to identify tasks and organizational structure of educational and training services (of3)

    Autonomy of judgment (DD3)

    • Knowing how to summarize the different approaches present in the theories of education and training (of4)

    Communication skills (DD4)

    • Knowing how to communicate and share the analysis of events starting from the knowledge of one's professional field (of5)
  • Workshop

    The laboratory activity has the general objective of providing basic knowledge relating to historical-educational research (survey methodologies, types of sources, archives, etc.), and to offer the student the opportunity to experiment in a path of historical-educational research concerning the history of the school.

Course Structure


    Frontal lessons. Should teaching be carried out in mixed mode or remotely, it may be necessary to introduce changes with respect to previous statements, in line with the programme planned and outlined in the syllabus.

  • Workshop

    Analysis and interpretation of texts, archive materials, iconographic and audiovisual sources. If the teaching is given in a mixed or remote way, the necessary changes may be introduced with respect to what was previously stated, in order to comply with the program envisaged and reported in the syllabus.

Detailed Course Content


    The course will focus on the following topics:

    • The civil and cultural revolutions of the Enlightenment and the birth of the public school.
    • The history of the school in Italy, from the Casati law to the present day.
    • Pedagogy and psychiatry in the history of education.
    • The medical-pedagogical institutes.
    • Institutions and experiences for the social recovery of deviant children in the social history of education.
  • Workshop
    • Quantitative / qualitative survey methodologies;
    • Types of sources (written, oral, iconographic, etc.);
    • The places of research: archives and on-line sources;

Textbook Information


    A. General Section

    S. Santamaita, Storia della Scuola. Dalla scuola al sistema formativo, Pearson, Milano 2021 (279 pp.)

    F. Bocci, Una mirabile avventura. Storia dell'educazione dei disabili da Jean Itard a Giovanni Bollea, Le Lettere, Firenze 2019 ( Parti II e III - 150 pp.)

    B. Special Section

    A. Criscenti Grassi, Condorcet. Istruzione, potere, libertà nei mémoires sur l’instruction publique (1791-92), in «Spazio filosofico», 2014, pp. 163-171 (9 pp.). Link alla versione Open access

    S. Lentini, “Per te ci vuole la Garaventa!”: esperienze di educazione per il recupero sociale di minori a Genova (1833-1977), in «Quaderni di Intercultura», Anno IX/2017, pp. 82-96 (15.pp). Link alla versione Open access

    C. Lectures

    R. Raimondo, La pedagogia sociale di Alessandra Ravizza fra Otto e Novecento, Carocci, Roma 2020 (pp.158)


    Recommended reading

    L. Borghi, Educazione e autorità nell'Italia moderna, Edizioni Junior - Bambini srl, 2021 (350 pp.)

  • Workshop

    Didactic material provided by the teacher during the lessons