59231 - Infancy and Family Pedagogy

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

No poverty Good health and well-being Quality education Gender equality

Academic Year 2019/2020

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 dell'Infanzia" (36 hours)

Professor: Silvia Demozzi


  • Multiple Childhoods
  • Childhood: from a biological age to a socio-cultural category
  • Childhood and Rights
  • “Adultization” and risks of the disappearance of childhood
  • Sharenting 
  • Gender and childhood
  • Childhood and play
  • Childhood and sport
  • Childhood and Illness
  • Childhood and violence (war, poverty, exploitation..)
  • What education for children today? Which educational programs to foster participation?

Modulo 2 "Pedagogia delle famiglie" (12 hours)

Professor: Alessandra Gigli


  • 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


Compulsory readings (both for attending and non attending students):

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

A.Bondioli, D.Savio (a cura di), Crescere bambini. Immagini di infanzia in educazione e formazione degli adulti, Ed. Junior 2017. With the exception of the following Chapters: 5 (pp. 97-11), 7 (pp.129-138) e 10 (pp.183-196)

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

Further suggested reading:

Davide Cino, Silvia Demozzi, Figli “in vetrina”. Il fenomeno dello sharenting in un’indagine esplorativa, in RIEF rivista di educazione familiare, n° 2 luglio-dicembre 2017, pp.153-184
download full text: http://www.fupress.net/index.php/rief/article/view/22398/20342

S. Demozzi, "I bambini 'giocano grande'?" in A. Bobbio, A. Bondioli (a cura di), Gioco e infanzia. Teorie e scenari educativi, Carocci, 2019.

Teaching methods

  • Traditional lessons
  • Cooperative learning
  • Interactive methods
  • Readings

Attending lessons is strongly advised in order to make the study easier and to have the opportunity to exchange thoughts and opinions among peers.

Assessment methods

The exam consists of a written test composed by 2 different tests.

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.

Modul 1:

  • 5 open questions. Each question stands for a different score, with a total sum of 30.
  • Each answer has a fixed number of lines.

Modul 2:

  • 5 closed question (true/false; multiple choices...)
  • 2 short open questions with a fixed number of lines

The exam lasts 90 minutes.

Some questions aim to attest contents knowledge; some others aim to asses reflective and reasoning skills.

Full mark and honour will be assigned with all correct answers (both style and content), plus a well in-depth analysis and/or original and critical thinking worth of attention. Writing style will count too.

Registration on alma esami webpage is required in order to take the final exam.

Marks will be published on alma esami webpage in order to request student's approval or refusal. After 15 days without approval/refusal, marks will be automatically recorded.



Teaching tools

Books, videos, pictures, slides.

Office hours

See the website of Silvia Demozzi

See the website of Alessandra Gigli