Knowledge and understanding: knowledge and understanding the evolution of educational models and the main educational theories.

Applying knowledge and understand: Ability to contextualize the educational models in the contemporary history.

Making the judgment: develop, through the knowledge of the history of educational models, capacity of critical interpretation.

Communication skills: Knowing and using the disciplinary lexicon.

Learning ability: Knowing how to build an autonomous path of topics.
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The course aims to retrace the history of educational models with particular reference to the twentieth century in a critical-reflective key. In addition, theoretical in-depth studies are planned on the alternative school model proposed by Lorenzo Milani through the experience of Barbiana and on the pedagogy model of the emancipation of Gianni Rodari.

Core Documentation

F. Cambi, Le pedagogie del Novecento, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2014 (Introduction and chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 16).
Scuola di Barbiana, Lettera a una professoressa. Il senso di un manifesto sulla scuola, a cura di M. Gesualdi, Firenze, Libreria Editrice Fiorentina, 2017.
G. Rodari, Grammatica della fantasia. Introduzione all’arte di inventare storie, Einaudi o Einaudi Ragazzi.
G. Rodari, Testi su testi. Recensioni e elzeviri da "Paese Sera-Libri", a cura di F. Bacchetti, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2007 (pp. VII-LVIII).

F. Silei, S. Massi, Il maestro, Roma, Orecchio Acerbo, 2017.

Type of delivery of the course

Lectures, readings, video projections, workshop.


Class attendance is optional, but highly recommended.

Type of evaluation

The exam will be in written form. The written exam consists of a test with closed and open answers about the books in the syllabus. The examination procedures are the same for attending and non-attending students. In the case of an extension of the health emergency from COVID-19, all the provisions governing the assessment methods of the students will be implemented. In particular, the following procedure will be applied: oral exam on Teams.