Comparative History of education
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Knowledge and understanding: historical outline of the period, knowledge of main educational institutions, ability in interconnecting these two aspects.
Applying knowledge and understanding: interpretating some texts of the given period, using simple historical-comparative tools.
Making judgements: this is the main transversal goal of the course.
Communication skills: Ability to explain his own work in reading and interpretating texts with a correct and pertinent Language, even if not technical.
Learning skills: proportional to individual talents.
Course contents summary
The citizen and the gentleman: comparing two educational cultures.
Fichte and Hegel versus Locke and its american educational applications: two seminal traditions in Western education, their history and their implications in contemporary schooling.
For the exam students must study three books and three essays of their choice from another book, as follows:
- J. G. Fichte, Discorsi alla nazione tedesca (1807-1808), a cura di Gaetano Rametta, Laterza 2003-2014.
- G. W. F. Hegel. La scuola. Discorsi e relazioni (Norimberga 1808-1816), a cura di Alberto Burgio e Livio Sichirollo, Editori Riuniti, 1993
- John Locke, Some Thoughts concerning Education (any edition).
- Seen from Afar. Images of Europe in the cultivation of American Identity, Roma, Anicia, 2016: three essays at your choice*
*We recommend: 1. L. Salvarani, Anti-European themes in American Education; 2. F. Mattei - B. Vertecchi, The old world educational identity: why should we (still) care?
All texts must be read in full. Recaps are allowed only as support for individual study.
Lecture; reading with comments; debate in the classroom; where possible, collective exercices on selected texts.
Assessment methods and criteria