Ethnography in the educational contexts (2020/2021)

Course code
4S008421
Name of lecturers
Stefania Pontrandolfo, Fabio Vicini
Coordinator
Stefania Pontrandolfo
Number of ECTS credits allocated
9
Academic sector
M-DEA/01 - DEMOLOGY, ETHNOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
Language of instruction
Italian
Location
VERONA
Period
Sem. 1A, Sem. 1B

Lesson timetable

Go to lesson schedule

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding 1. To have a basic knowledge of the methodologies and main scientific plausibility criteria of anthropological ethnography. 2. To understand the construction and analysis processes of qualitative, empirical and inductive data in anthropological field research. 3. To have a basic knowledge of ethnographic methodologies in educational contexts in order to understand the deviation between regulations and practices in an educational context; between implicit and explicit components of teaching-learning processes and to recognize and analyze the cultural constructions produced in particular educational contexts. Applying knowledge and understanding 1. To be able to conduct ethnographic research in various educational contexts in order to recognize and analyze ideas and educational practices, observed in the field, as particular socio-cultural constructions. 2. To be able to activate educational strategies that would improve the educational contexts observed, bearing in mind the empirical knowledge produced by anthropological fieldwork. 3. To be able to plan, implement and evaluate educational projects in a social inclusion and intercultural dialogue perspective.

Syllabus

Content
- The ethnographic method according to Malinowski;
- Participant observation;
- Ethnographic conversation;
- Ethnographic census;
- Triangulation and iteration;
- Ethnography as experience;
- The concept of resonance;
- Context observation and description;
- One-sited and multi-sited ethnography;
- Productivity of ethnographic failures;
- Self-ethnography;
- Ethnographic research initiation in the educational field.

Teaching methods
Lectures in which numerous ethnographic examples (also taken from the professional educational contexts) will be presented to support the teaching/learning of the discipline's basic concepts. Discussions on ethnographic research projects of attending students.

Texts:
1. F. Cappelletto, 2009, Vivere l'etnografia, Seid, Firenze.

2. M. Benadusi, 2017, La scuola in pratica. Prospettive antropologiche sull'educazione, Editpress, Firenze.

3. C. Dal Fior, 2009, Cosmologia di una scuola dell'infanzia, CISU, Roma.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Dal Fior, Claudia Cosmologia di una scuola dell'infanzia. Counseling etnografico e riflessione pedagogica (Edizione 1) CISU 2009 9788879754705
Benadusi, Mara La scuola in pratica. Prospettive antropologiche sull'educazione editpress 2017 978-88-97826-71-2
Francesca Cappelletto (a cura di) Vivere l'etnografia (Edizione 1) SEID 2009 978-88-89473-11-5

Assessment methods and criteria

Learning levels will be assessed by one of the following means:
Attending students will be able to choose between:
a) writing a report based on the ethnographic survey proposed during lessons;
b) written examination on the mentioned texts;
Non-attending students will sit a written examination on the mentioned texts.
Students must be able to demonstrate:
- to have understood the basic elements of ethnographic methods;
- to have understood how to apply ethnographic knowledge to educational contexts;
- to be able to express their own reasoning in a precise manner, identifying and selecting the essential elements;
- to be able to critically analyze the relationship between pedagogical-educational thought and ethnographic practice.

Learning assessment method could be modified because of the Covid-19 emergency as in the following:

Learning levels will be assessed by one of the following means:
Attending students (in classes or in zoom streaming) will be able to choose between:
a) writing a report based on the ethnographic survey proposed during lessons;
b) oral examination on the mentioned texts;
Non-attending students or students attending on Panopto will sit an oral examination on the mentioned texts.

Students must be able to demonstrate:
- to have understood the basic elements of ethnographic methods;
- to have understood how to apply ethnographic knowledge to educational contexts;
- to be able to express their own reasoning in a precise manner, identifying and selecting the essential elements;
- to be able to critically analyze the relationship between pedagogical-educational thought and ethnographic practice.