Education theories and methods (2010/2011)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Luigina Mortari
Luigina Mortari
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. 1A, Sem. 1B

Lesson timetable

Sem. 1A
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 2:50 PM - 5:20 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.1 from Oct 18, 2010  to Nov 14, 2010
Thursday 2:50 PM - 5:20 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.5 from Oct 18, 2010  to Nov 14, 2010
Sem. 1B
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 2:50 PM - 5:20 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.1  
Thursday 2:50 PM - 5:20 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.1  

Learning outcomes

The goal of the course is to foster reflection on the essential issues that educators have to face in educational practice, starting form the analysis of a concept that is central to the construction of the educational discourse: the concept of care. Through the reconstruction of a phenomenological inquiry of this topic, we will identify ways of acting that characterize a good educational practice.
The course also aims to foster the acquisition of conceptual and procedural knowledge needed to build educational research for children.


The course is organized in two levels: theoretical reflection on educational practice and empirical research:
(a) theoretical research
The practice of care plays a central role in educational services. Through a phenomenological analysis, we will identify the basic qualities of such practice and then outline useful behaviors for those who carry out educational work,
(b) empirical research
We will discuss the topic of research with children and explicate research methods and techniques and ethical issues in the research with children; in order to foster understanding of the epistemic issues involved, examples of research will be presented and discussed.

Reading list:
(a) (a1) Mortari, L., La pratica dell’aver cura, Bruno Mondadori, Milano 2006

(a2) one among:
Dunn, J. L’amicizia tra bambini, Raffaello Cortina, Milano 2006.
Mortari, L. (a cura di), Educare alla cittadinanza partecipata, Bruno Mondadori, Milano 2008.

(b) (b1) Mortari, L. La ricerca per i bambini, Mondadori, Milano 2009.

(b2) Corsaro, W.A. Le culture dei bambini, Il Mulino, Bologna 2003.

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam (open-ended questions).

The course program is valid for one academic year only, i.e. for three exam sessions (corresponding to six exam dates). On order to allow correspondence between course content and academic year, students are only allowed to take the exam with the program of the year in progress.

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