Intercultural Education (2018/2019)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Agostino Portera
Agostino Portera
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Language of instruction
Sem. 2A dal Feb 18, 2019 al Mar 30, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Educational objectives:

1. Intercultural pedagogy as a response to pluralism and globalization;
2. Difference among metacultural, transcultural, multicultural and intercultural pedagogy.
3. Epistemological, methodological and teaching aspects of intercultural pedagogy.
4. Historical development of intercultural pedagogy in Italy, in Europe and overseas.
1. Use intercultural educational knowledge while managing the complexity of the contemporary world.
2. Recognize the fundamental elements of the intercultural educational intervention.
3. Identify the theoretical and methodological elements that are essential to build intercultural educational projects among the individual educational situations.


1. Development of intercultural education as a response to pluralism and globalization;
- knowing the historical development of Intercultural Education in Italy, Europe and overseas;
- knowing the historical development of Transcultural Education in Italy, Europe and overseas;
- knowing the historical development of Multicultural Education in Italy, Europe and overseas;
2. Stereotypes and prejudices in the Italian school system;
- epistemological aspects of intercultural education;
- epistemological aspects of multicultural education education;
- epistemological aspects of transcultural education;
- recognizing of stereotypes and prejudices
3. Builnding educational intercultural projects in different contexts
- educational intercultural projects at school;
- educational intercultural projects in the family;
- educational intercultural projects in the society.

The classes include frontal lessons, group discussions and excercises in small groups. Total books: 4

General Part
- PORTERA, A. Globalizzazione e pedagogia interculturale, Erickson, Trento, 2006.
Monographic Part
- MILANI, M., A scuola di competenze interculturali. Metodi e pratiche pedagogiche per l’inclusione scolastica. F. Angeli, Milano, 2017.
- PORTERA, A., ALBERTINI G., LAMBERTI S. (2015). Disabilità dello sviluppo, educazione e Cooperative Learning. Un approccio interculturale

The course includes theoretical-practical exercises which are an integral part of the program. One of the following texts (that won't have to be used for other exams) has to be chosen to analyze in depth the practical part:
- *PORTERA, A., Milani M. (a cura di) Competenze interculturali e successo formativo, Ets Edizioni, Pisa, 2019.

- *PORTERA, A., ALBERTINI G., LAMBERTI S., Disabilità dello sviluppo, educazione e Cooperative Learning. Un approccio interculturale. F. Angeli, Milano, 2015.

- *GIUSTI, M., Teorie e metodi di pedagogia interculturale, Utet, Roma, 2017

- PORTERA A and GRANT C.A. (edit). Intercultural Education and Competences for the Global World, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2017

- PORTERA, A., Educazione interculturale in famiglia, La scuola, Brescia, 2004.

- *LAMBERTI S., Cooperative learning, CEDAM, Padova, 2006.

- *PORTERA, A, LA MARCA, A., CATARCI, M., Pedagogia interculturale, La Scuola, Brescia, 2015.

- Portera, A., Dusi, P. (a cura di) (2016), Neoliberalismo, Educazione e Competenze interculturali. Angeli, Milano.

- *AA.VV., Competenze interculturali, Franco Angeli, Milano, 2013.

- AA.VV., Pedagogia interculturale in Italia e in Europa, Vita e Pensiero, Milano, 2003.

- *AA.VV., Educazione interculturale alla cittadinanza, Carocci, Roma, 2008.

- * Lamberti, S., Milani, M., Olivieri. N.: Cooperare per apprendere insieme, Verona, 2016

- LAMBERTI S., Apprendimento cooperativo e educazione interculturale Erickson, Trento, 2010.

- GUIDETTI, B., Educazione e pedagogia interculturale in azienda. Angeli, Milano, 2008.

- SANTERINI, M., Il racconto dell’altro. Carocci, Roma, 2008.

- CORTE, M., Comunicazione e giornalismo interculturale, CEDAM, Padova, 2006.

- GARDNER H., Sapere per comprendere. Feltrinelli, Milano, 1999.

- *PORTERA, A. Manuale di pedagogia interculturale, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2017 (4 ed.).

- PORTERA, A., Tesori sommersi. Emigrazione, identità, bisogni educativi interculturali, F. Angeli, Milano, 2008.

- PORTERA, A., La pedagogia interculturale nella teoria e nella pratica, CEDAM, Padova, 2000

- FAVARO, G. FUMAGALLI, M. (a cura di), capirsi diversi. Idee e pratiche di mediazione interculturale. Carocci, Roma, 2004

- *AA.VV., Educazione interculturale nel contesto internazionale Guerini, Milano, 2006.

- Fiorucci M., Pinto Minerva F., Portera A. (a cura di), Gli alfabeti dell’intercultura, Edizioni Ets, Pisa, 2017

- SANTERINI, M., La scuola della cittadinanza. Laterza, Bari, 2010.

- FIORUCCI M., Pinto Minerva F., Portera A. (a cura di), Gli alfabeti dell’intercultura, Edizioni Ets, Pisa, 2017.

- NIGRIS, E. (a cura di), Pedagogia e didattica interculturale, Pearson, Milano 215.

*texts recommended for not-attending students

Assessment methods and criteria

The educational and evaluation modalities of learning will be communicated at the beginning of the lessons. The exam aims at verifying the level of achievement of the educational objectives previously mentioned. The exam consists of a written test with closed questions from some textbooks and an open question. The oral exam on all the textbooks can be taken on the same day, after getting the result of the written test.

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