Early Childhood Education (2007/2008)

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Antonietta De Vita
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Sem. II A dal Feb 18, 2008 al Apr 12, 2008.

Lesson timetable

Sem. II A
Day Time Type Place Note
Wednesday 3:40 PM - 5:20 PM lesson Lecture Hall Artigliere  
Thursday 5:20 PM - 7:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall Artigliere  
Friday 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall Artigliere  

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: Cinzia Albertini, Il pensiero politico dei servizi; Maria Cristina Mecenero, Il sapere nella pratica quotidiana; Sara Riggio, Spazi e tempi nella relazione educativa.

Course textbooks:
Donald W. Winnicott, I bambini e le loro madri, Raffaello Cortina Editore, Milano, 1987.
Françoise Dolto, I problemi dei bambini, Mondadori, Milano, 1994 (up to page 177 “La scoperta delle realtà esige molti scambi”).
Anna Lia Galardini (cur.), Crescere al nido, Carocci, Roma, 2003.

Further reading one of the three books for in-depth reading can be substituted by one of the following:
- Susanna Mantovani, Laura Saitta, Chiara Bove, Attacamento e inserimento. Stili e storie delle relazioni al nido, Franco Angeli, Milano, 2003 (chapters.1, 2, 5, 6).

- Anna Maria Piussi , Forme di pensiero e modelli educativi: i servizi per la prima infanzia (handout).
- Cristina Mecenero, Voci maestre. Esistenze femminili e sapere educativo, junior, Azzano San Paolo, 2004.
- Daniel Stern, Diario di un bambino, Oscar Saggi Mondadori, Milano, 1999.
- Donald W. Winnicott, Dal luogo delle origini, Raffaello Cortina Editore, Milano, 1990.
- Colombo, Cocever, Bianchi, Il lavoro di cura. Come si impara, come si insegna, Carocci, Roma, 2004.
- Aldo Fortunati, L’educazione di bambini come progetto di comunità, junior, Azzano San Paolo, 2006.
- Battista Borghi, Star bene al nido d’infanzia, junior, Azzano San Paolo, 2006.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam with open answer questions.