Academic Year 2018/2019 - 1° Year - Curriculum Educatore sociale e di comunità
Teaching Staff: Stefano LENTINI
Credit Value: 10
Scientific field: M-PED/02 - HISTORY OF EDUCATION
Taught classes: 60 hours
Term / Semester:

Learning Objectives

The social history of education is a research discipline that tends to analyze, in a historical key, the relationship between education and society, starting from the assumption that every formative experience is in itself a concretely social experience, and that, the pedagogical interventions of various kinds (education, free time, etc.). descend from ideological and political choices. In this perspective, the course intends to offer a systematic framework of the history of ideas, culture and pedagogy, starting from Ancient Egypt up to the present day. The aim of the course is also to introduce the themes and problems of historiography of education, making the specialized language of pedagogy and of the history of education clear and explicit.

Course Structure

Frontal lessons

Detailed Course Content

The general part intends to provide students with a systematic framework of the history of pedagogy, with particular reference to socio-pedagogical problems, to the currents of thought and to authors, from ancient Egypt up to the present day and an analysis of the most current trends in international historical-educational research. The special part intends to deepen that phase of social democratization, which began historically and culturally in late eighteenth-century Europe, during which the scientific-philosophical debate on the ideals of equality, progress and freedom, on reason and science, made explicit the "political-social" centrality of reflection on the theme of education and education. The monographic part foresees the deepening of the relationship between training processes and social structure, highlighting the intercurrent relationship between pedagogy and politics in the social history of education.

Textbook Information

A. General Section

1. M. A. Manacorda, Storia illustrata dell'educazione. Dall’antico Egitto e fino ai nostri giorni, Giunti, Firenze, 1992 (252 pp.).

or as an alternative

1. H.A. Cavallera, Storia delle dottrine e delle istituzioni educative, La scuola, Brescia 2017 (fino a p.390).


2. A. Criscenti (a cura di), A proposito dell'History Manifesto. Nuove tendenze per la ricerca storico-educativa, Fondazione Vito Fazio Allmayer, Palermo 2016 (fino a p. 171)



B. Special Section

1. A. Criscenti, Istruzione ed educazione negli scritti giovanili di Condorcet. Traduzione italiana delle Réflexions et notes sur l’éducation (1773-1782), Pellegrini, Cosenza, 1996 (129 pp.).

2. S. Lentini, Lumi, Arte, Rivoluzione in Spagna: la “pedagogia sociale” di Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Unicopli, Milano 2015 (137 pp.).


C. Lectures

1. A. Criscenti, Progettare la formazione per i minori. Saggio di pedagogia critica, CUECM, Catania, 2010 (168 pp.) .

2. A. Criscenti,Le scienze umane, l'intersisciplinarità, lo specifico pedagogico. Una questione ancora aperta, in «Studi sulla Formazione», 2018 (10 pp.). Scaricabile al seguente link (