cod. 1000177

Academic year 2014/15
3° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Pedagogia generale e sociale (M-PED/01)
Attività formative affini o integrative
Type of training activity
36 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
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Learning objectives

The student must acquire some fundamental notions:
- Difference between adoption and fostering and its psychopedagogical aspects
- Law on fostering and adoption (national and international)
- Key concepts on family: affection, relationship, parenting
- Actors in fostering and adoption and their interactions
- Communication styles and relationships
- Critical abilities on case analysis and intervention hypoteses.


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Course unit content

The Course will focus on problems in adoption and fostering, in the framework of family education and its complexity in modern society.
The difference between the institutions of adoption and fostering will be made clear, seen as socio-cultural challenges in order to provide a rich and positive life context , relationships and good education to young people without a family or with a familiar environment causing sufference. Problems in law enforcement and related educational questions will be emphasized. Through some case studies fundamental themes as sense of belonging, double belonging problem, sense of parenting. role of social services.

Full programme

FIRST SECTION Introduction. Family as privileged education environment. Historical-anthropological elements. Functions and dysfunctions in family communication.
Fostering and adoption as response to social needs. Educational problems concerning the difference between the two institutions.
SECOND SECTION Juridical notions on fostering and adoption (national and international). Fostering: some theoretical basis. Context, risk and resilience. Actors in fostering and procedures. Individual educational project and life project.
THIRD SECTION Growth, intersubjectivity and affection. Effects of early deprivation and unorganized family relationships. National and international adoption: preparation and support of families, experiences of children and adolescents. The narrative of origins and construction of links. School and other educational contexts.


Testi obbligatori per scritto e orale

L’affidamento famigliare. Dalla valutazione all’intervento.
Roma, Carrocci Faber,

M. TOMISICH, Risorsa famiglia. Nuove modalità di intervento per l’infanzia a rischio. Roma, Carrocci Faber, 2006

L. PATI, (a cura di), Famiglie affidatarie risorsa educativa della comunità, Brescia, La scuola, 2008

A cura di M. CHISTOLINI, La famiglia adottiva, Milano, Franco Angeli 2011

Testi in più obbligatori per orale

Uno a scelta tra questi:

D. J. SIEGEL, M. HARTZELL, Errori da non ripetere. Come la conoscenza della propria storia aiuta ad essere genitori.
Raffaello Cortina, 2005

J. BOWLBY, UNA BASE SICURA. Applicazioni cliniche della teoria dell’attaccamento”
E. Raffaello Cortina, 1989

A cui si dovrà aggiungere un testo scelto dal candidato: romanzo o film, articolo, testo scientifico, che in modo diretto o indiretto affronti le tematiche dell’affido o dell’adozione.
Su quest’ ultimo materiale sarà richiesta una presentazione scritta critica dell’argomento trattato.
To Bibliography a free choice text must be added: novel or movie, paper or essay that deals indirectly or directly with fostering or adoption.
On this text a written critical persentation will be required.

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons (with the aid of Power Point presentations), discussions in groups.
Practical simulations and multimedia will be largely used.
Discussions in groups on direct personal accounts of actors in fostering and/or adoption
Archival and documentation research by the students (for the final assessment).

Assessment methods and criteria

During the course, evaluation criteria will be based on: attendance to lessons, active participation during lessons and laboratories

The final assessment is articulated in two steps:
- Written test with multiple-choice questions, on some compulsory theoretical texts
- Oral examination (only if written test is passed): deepening of theoretical questions (discussing errors in the written test), discussion of a choice text between two proposed.
The student will be also evaluated on a brief critical account on reading/seeing the free choice text on the course subjects (fostering, adoption, parenting).

Other information

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