Early Childhood Education (2009/2010)

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Antonietta De Vita
Antonietta De Vita
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Sem. 2B dal Apr 19, 2010 al Jun 6, 2010.

Lesson timetable

Sem. 2B
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 3:40 PM - 5:20 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.3  
Tuesday 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.3  
Thursday 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.3  

Learning outcomes

We will ask what being close to childhood, as an epistemological and theory-practice approach, means in the present day and within our cultural paradigm: from an educational point of view between mothers/children and between adults, mothers/fathers/teachers and the structuring of childhood services, starting from how the spaces and times of the relationship itself are conceived. Finally we will ask what advantage this proximity can provide in fundamental day-to-day existence and behaviour.
As we are involved in a continuous and profoundly changing society, in amongst economic trends and the need to learn to live with other cultures, the position of being close to childhood would seem to provide the opportunity of rethinking relationships, languages and organisations.


The programmes will be based on reading texts, watching documentaries and film clips as well as traditional teaching set ups (with as much student participation as possible) and will face important theoretical/practical questions: childhood’s main characteristics (also drawing from the student’s own childhood experiences); the main lines of a non-abstract pedagogical knowledge, together with practical and every day knowledge and experience in the field.
The following authors will participate during the course of in-depth lessons studying several important theoretical/practical obstacles: Sara Riggio, Spazi e tempi nella relazione educative, Dinha Rodrigues, Accogliere bambini, bambine e famiglie migranti.

Course textbooks:
- Silvia Vegetti Finzi, Anna Maria Battistin, A piccoli passi, Mondadori, 1997.
- Daniel Stern, Diario di un bambino, Oscar Saggi Mondadori, 1999.
- Agnese Infantino, Il lavoro educativo con la prima infanzia, Edizioni Junior.
- Alice Munro, Il sogno di mia madre, Einaudi, 2004, pp. 313-362.
- Mariangela Gualtieri, Sermone ai cuccioli della mia specie, Edizioni L’alboreto, 2006.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam with open answer questions.