59231 - Infancy and Family Pedagogy

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Academic Year 2017/2018

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student:

  • Reads the familiar phenomena in order to overcome the normality/deviance paradigm and to respect the complexity and polymorphism that distinguishes today's families;
  • Analyzes the characteristic features of contemporary families (legal, cultural, social, economic changes; authors, models, theories, etc.).
  • Identify new needs and new questions that arise in contemporary family contexts, in order to rethink educational theoretical and methodological issues most appropriate to support the parental role;
  • Design possible educational paths to support and strengthen school-family alliance;
  • Design possible educational paths to support and strengthen school-family alliance;
  • analyzes the aspects of contemporary childhoods
  • identifies new needs and new demands of contemporary childhoods
  • Designs educational paths to ensure respect for children's rights

Course contents

The course aims to analyse and reflect on the complexity of the condition of children and families in the contemporary context and to find educational perspectives and pedagogical support.

The course is composed by two entangled modules

Modulo 1“Pedagogia delle famiglie” (36 ore)

Docente: Alessandra Gigli

Contents:

  • The concept of plurality of families
  • Map of Italian families today
  • Family systems in the macro social and cultural processes
  • Characteristics of functional families: analysis of protective and risk factors
  • " Educational Emergencies " in contemporary families: new landscape of maternity and paternity; the crisis of rules; marital instability (separations, family recomposition and single-parent families)
  • Pedagogical tasks for supporting educational functions of the family
  • Family education and parenting support
  •  Educational alliances: the pedagogical coordinates for a cooperative relationship with families

Modulo 2 “pedagogia dell’infanzia” (12 ore)

Docente: Silvia. Demozzi

Contents:

  • Multiple Childhoods
  • Childhood: from a biological age to a socio-cultural category
  • Childhood and Right
  • “Adultization” and risks of the disappearance of childhood
  •  What education for children today?

Readings/Bibliography

Gigli A., Famiglie evolute. Capire e sostenere le funzioni educative delle famiglie plurali, Ed. Junior, 2016

Formenti L. (a cura di), Sguardi di famiglia. Tra ricerca pedagogica e pratiche educative, Guerini Scientifica, 2014

Demozzi S., L’infanzia “inattuale”. Perché le bambine e i bambini hanno diritto al rispetto, Ed. Junior, 2016.

Teaching methods

Lectures will be combined with some practical exercises, case studies and group projects in order to involve students active participation.

Assessment methods

The exam consists of a written test (closed questions and short open answers).

The two modules must always be taken simultaneously; the final mark will be given by the average of the marks obtained in the two modules .

FOR ERASMUS STUDENTS:

The exam requires the knowledge of all texts in the program, but it is suggested to focus especially on Gigli A., Famiglie evolute. Capire e sostenere le funzioni educative delle famiglie plurali, Ed. Junior, 2016 (in bookshops or purchasable on line by October 15th, 2016) and Demozzi S., L’infanzia “inattuale”. Perché le bambine e i bambini hanno diritto al rispetto, Ed. Junior, 2016.

The exam will be held in ITALIAN, so it will be assessed the accuracy of the language too. The exam (the two modules together) will be structured as follows: 3 open questions (maximum 15 lines each) extracted from a list of questions that will be available on the web page of Alessandra Gigli from mid-October.

Office hours

See the website of Alessandra Gigli

See the website of Silvia Demozzi