Historical research and educational services (2017/2018)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Mario Gecchele
Mario Gecchele
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. IA, Sem. IB

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding skills
At the end of the course students were required to:
- Know the evolution of pedagogical thinking, especially of the twentieth century.
-Consider the child's cultural, social and political consideration during the twentieth century.
- to recognize the attention and evolution that society has always addressed to the different and marginalized, both in the studies and in the realization of appropriate educational services and institutions for the person (rest homes, welfare and educational institutions, etc.). ).
- Know the different patterns and phases of scientific research, especially in the historical field, used over time.

Knowledge and understanding skills applied.
At the end of the course the students will have to:
- Be able to understand texts of a historical-pedagogical nature, to place them in the cultural context and to compare them.
- Be able to grasp and compare the different considerations of childhood and child during the twentieth century, taking into account the different societies both from the structural and the political point of view.
- Be able to grasp the evolution of pedagogical thinking towards the various, to highlight their persistence and absences in the present world, by bringing forth lines of continuity.
- Be capable of a historical sense and a scientific approach in reading the present and in contextualizing the facts; To historically place various educational services;
To develop skills of research, interpretation and narration of ideas, facts concerning the educational; To understand how the present, even in the field of socio-educational services, is the development and the fruit of a path that has roots in past societies.
- Being capable of a historical sense, that is to feel involved in a process that begins in the past and continues in the future, to which every person can make his contribution.

Judgment autonomy
At the end of the course students will have to demonstrate:
-capacity to overcome some prejudices and preconceptions of the present and the past.
- to have a scientific approach to historical-educational research.
-capacity to critically analyze the various educational services, affirmed in the course of history, and to capture the positive aspects that are valid in the present.
-To be able to overcome the positions of those who have used history for a long time, working for convenience, functionally in the defense or progress of a people, a state, an ideology, or a civilization.

Communicative Skills
At the end of the course the students will have to:
-saper use correctly terms / concepts related to education in their historical evolution.
-saper compiles relationships correctly from the point of view of historical research.
-saper to document what is produced in a precise and pertinent manner.

Ability to learn
At the end of the course the students will have to:
- Being able to face historical research.
- Be able to identify, in the various cultural and educational models present in the course of history, reflections, methods, examples valid for their activity.
- Have a positive predisposition to "get in the game" continually comparing with thoughts, reflections, contributions from scholars of different cultural background


Program of the course
History and history of pedagogy. The method of the historian. Historiography in education.
Theories, Methods, Sources, Models.
Current contents of research in the history of pedagogy. The evolution of special pedagogy and the consideration of the other.
The child and childhood in the twentieth century.

Reference texts
M. Gecchele, S. Polenghi, P. Dal Toso, The Twentieth Century: The Child's Century, Junior, Parma, 2017.
M. Gecchele, Diversity. An historic approach, Dispensa 2017-2018, at Libreria Qui Edit.
Invitation to Historical Research in Education, Dispensa, 2016-2017, at Libreria Qui Edit.
A.S. Rugiu, Short history of artisan education, Carocci, Rome, 2008.

Assessment methods and criteria

-Learning will be assessed through a written test, with open questions and predetermined space for responses.
-There will be no difference in how to rate between attending and non-attendants, but will take into account the contribution of each person during the lessons in seminars, reports and labs.
-We will evaluate in particular: the knowledge of the main contents covered in the course; Grammatical correctness and logical argumentation; The ability to synthesize and to grasp the fundamental elements; The ability to re-elaborate by taking into account the contributions of other courses and / or personal knowledge.

The course is open to all members. Seminars will be attended by presenters. Any information about the materials will be given during the lessons, some of which will be published in slides on the teacher's personal site.