Comparative History of education
cod. 1006051

Academic year 2021/22
1° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Storia della pedagogia (M-PED/02)
Discipline pedagogiche e metodologico-didattiche
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding: knowledge of an historical outline of the period and its main educational institutions; ability in interconnecting these two aspects.

Applying knowledge and understanding: being able to explain some texts of the given period, using historical-comparative tools.

Making judgements: being able to express opinions with due motivation: this is the main transversal goal of the course.

Communication skills: Ability to explain one's own work in reading and interpretating texts with a correct and appropriate language.

Learning skills: being able to reflect critically on one's own knowledge, in proportion with individual talents.



Course unit content

Seen from Italy: the Anglo-saxon educational system and the reflection on educating the Italian citizens in Pasquale Villari's reportages (1862)

Full programme

See "Contents".


The exam program will contain three books: an original source and two essays.

1) Source: Pasquale Villari, Scritti pedagogici, vol. 1 (1868), section on the reportage from England and Scotland.
Available on Google Books:

2) The Italian context:
A. Ascenzi - R. Sani, Tra disciplinamento sociale ed educazione alla cittadinanza. L’insegnamento dei Diritti e Doveri nelle scuole dell’Italia unita (1861-1900), EUM edizioni, 2016

3) Cultural representations of English schools:
G. Grilli, Public Schools: formare il giovane uomo ideale. Studio di una istituzione inglese tra storia dell’educazione e letteratura per l’infanzia, edizioni ETS, 2017

Teaching methods

Lecture; reading with comments; debate with students; close reading training on selected texts.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination (conference-like presentation by the student, with or without images, a powerpoint or other supports).
After the presentation, the student will be briefly queestioned to promote discussion and assess the reading of the texts.

The passing mark is achieved if the students shows both these accomplishments:
a) Has read thoroughly the compulsory and chosen texts and is able to locate them in time and space;
b) Has reflected upon the problems/questions posited in the texts and has tried to give a personal interpretation.

Other information

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