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Issue N°2 2013 – May-August 2013

di p.valentini, 7 novembre 2013 16:44

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The number 2/2013 of Scuola Democratica-Learning for Democracy is the first of a series of three special issues on the thematic “Knowledge, learning and education” in crisis time. This special issue, which guest editor is Daniele Checchi, deals with the thematic Education, Employment and Economic Growth. This question is always in the center of the scientific and political debate, but today, in Italy, has become more crucial because of the crisis employment that affects the younger generations. (read more)


Table of Contents
N°2 2013 – may-august 2013


by Daniele Checchi
Daniele Checchi,Department of Economy, Management and Quantitative Methodologies, University of Milan

Is higher education still rewarding?
by Emilio Reyneri and Federica Pintaldi download abstract
Emilio Reyneri, Department of sociology and social research, Bicocca University of Milan
Federica Pintaldi, ISTAT Italian National Institute of Statistics

The Declining Entry Rates Into The Italian University System: Some Evidence And Open Issues
by Vincenzo Mariani, Pasquale Montanaro and Marco Paccagnella download abstract
Vincenzo Mariani, Bank of Italy, Bari ; Pasqualino Montanaro, Bank of Italy, Ancona  ; Marco Paccagnella, Bank of Italy, Trento

Overeducation in Italy: the determinants and wage effects in the AlmaLaurea data
by Floro Ernesto Caroleo and Francesco Pastore download abstract
Floro Ernesto Caroleo, Parthenope University of Naples ; Francesco Pastore, Seconda Università Naples

Education and job quality in Sicily: brain waste between structural constraints and public (ir)responsibilities
by Maurizio Avola and Anna Cortese download abstract
Maurizio Avola, Department of Analysis of Political, Social and Institutional Processes,  University of Catania ; Anna Cortese, Department of Analysis of Political, Social and Institutional Processes, University of Catania

German Universities of Applied Sciences today
by Fiammetta Corradi download abstract
Fiammetta Corradi, Department of Economic and Managerial Sciences , University of Pavia


A Look beyond 2015: towards new Millennium Education Goals
by Piero Cipollone download abstract
Piero Cipollone, World Bank

European Policies  and re-thinking education. Interviw with Androulla Vassiliou
edited by Giorgio Allulli
Giorgio Allulli, VET expert
Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth

Pros and Cons of the German Dual System. Interview with Hans-Peter Blossfeld
edited by Daniele Checchi
Daniele Checchi,Department of Economy, Management and Quantitative Methodologies, University of Milan
Hans-Peter Blossfeld, European University Institute of Florence


by Ennio Pattarin download abstract
Ennio Pattarin, theacher of Economic Sociology

Integrating training sectors and productive chains for the country’s development
by Claudio Gentili download abstract
Claudio Gentili, Confindustria (Italian employers’ federation), Local Policies, Innovation and Education

University-industry relationships in the Piedmont region in Italy: Channels and drivers of regional technology transfer
by Federica Rossi and Aldo Geuna download abstract
Federica Rossi,Department of management, Birkbeck, University of London ; Aldo Geuna, Department of Ecnomy and Statistics, Cognetti de Martiis, University of Turin

Universities and economic development in the Third Italy: the case of Tuscany
by Luigi Burroni and Alberto Gherardini download abstract
Luigi Burroni, Department of Communication Sciences, University of Teramo ; Alberto Gherardini,Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Florence

School and economic development in the Third Italy: the case of Marche region
by Marco Arlotti download abstract
Marco Arlotti, Department di Economy, Society, Politics, University of Urbino Carlo Bo


Freeing the Italian school system
by Andrea Ichino download abstract
Andrea Ichino, Dipartment of Economic Sciences, University of Bologna

The opting out as a quality driver of schools’ quality: not the solution but just a possible contribution to the solution
by Paolo Sestito download abstract
Paolo Sestito, Bank of Italy

More authonomy but without segregation
by Andrea Gavosto download abstract
Andrea Gavosto, Fondazione Giovanni Agnelli

Use and abuse of the notion of school autonomy
by Daniele Checchi download abstract
Daniele Checchi,Department of Economy, Management and Quantitative Methodologies, University of Milan


Necessity and Overabundance in Italian University during the financial crisis
by Francesco Miele download abstract
Francesco Miele, Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento

Our society unable to risk
by Giovanni Ragone download abstract
Giovanni Ragone, Department of History of Art and Entertainment, Sapienza University of Rome

Social equity of university and competitiveness of the Italian economy. Is the expansion of tertiary degrees the solution? Some proposals to better invest public resources
by Carlo Barone download abstract
Carlo Barone, Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento


Recent developments in evaluation of high education in Europe
by Massimiliano Vaira

- Ball, S.J., Maguire, M., Goodson,I.F. (eds) (2012), Education, Capitalism and the Global Crisis, London/New York, Routledge
by Emiliano Grimaldi
- Turri, M. (2011), L’università in transizione. Governance, struttura economica e valutazione, Milano, Guerini e Associati
by Gioia Pompili
- AA.VV. (2012), Tra scuola e lavoro.Come aiutare i diplomati tecnici e professionali a trovare lavoro, in Studi e documenti degli annali della pubblica Istruzione, 139, Firenze, Le Monnier
by Giorgio Allulli
- Grimaldi E., Romano T. e Serpieri, R.(2011), I discorsi della dispersione. Una politica di partenariato, Napoli, Liguori
by Maurizio Merico
- Lauria, F. (2011), Le 150 ore per il diritto allo studio. Analisi, memorie, echi di una straordinaria esperienza sindacale, Roma, Edizioni Lavoro
by Luca Salmieri

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by Massimiliano Vaira
by Barbara M. Kehm
by  Thierry Chevaillier
by John Brennan and Laura Bellingham
by Javier Vidal & Camino Ferreira
by Alfredo Squarzoni

Comparative Education between Depressing Pointlessness and Restricting Instrumentalism?

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di p.valentini, 19 marzo 2013 11:05

by Marie Duru-Bellat

Abstract: As in any social science, in comparative education, the issue of the links between academics and the political sphere is lively debated; should we be “pure” scientists or experts? The papers maintains that, in spite of the traps existing surveys such as PISA entail, we cannot neglect the data they provide, even if those “facts” are of course socially constructed and so should be used cautiously. That does not mean that we should limit our investigations to the issues they bring on the agenda. In any case, they exist and we may maintain that we are the most competent to assess both their usefulness and their limits. Moreover, not only the comparative empirical work they allow is worthwhile in itself and socially relevant, but it may foster also theoretical advances. In any case, that would be irresponsible not to take our place, on that basis but also integrating our wider knowledge of the field, in the political debates on education issues.

Marie Duru-Bellat is Professor of Sociology of Education at Sciences-Po (Institute of Political Sciences), Paris (France), and researcher in OSC (Observatory of Sociological Change). She leads research upon gender and social inequalities in school, and educational systems in an evaluative and comparative perspective.

Between Renaissance and Oblivion: Current State and Perspectives of Comparative Education in Germany

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di p.valentini, 19 marzo 2013 11:02

by Hans-Georg Kotthoff

Abstract: The article suggests that despite the fact that external indicators (e.g. publications and congresses) seem to signify a powerful renaissance of ‘Comparative Education’ (CE) in Germany, there is a serious threat that this field of study is loosing its identity and is falling into oblivion as an academic university discipline.  The argument is developed by analysing the historical emergence of CE in Germany and the current state of this field of study. In this context three main tendencies are identified: firstly, external indicators indicate a renaissance of CE. Secondly, the field of study is characterised by increasing diversification into related fields such as intercultural education or international education. A third tendency indicates that the results of international comparative assessment studies like PISA are gaining importance in German education and are exerting ‘normative pressures’ on educational decision-makers. However, rather than increasing the salience and reputation of CE as an academic discipline, the popularity of comparative assessment studies is re-vitalizing a form of ‘Comparative Education’ which is rather traditional and outmoded and thus is threatening the whole field. Based on international experiences, the author concludes with suggestions as to what needs be done in German CE to save this field from falling into oblivion.

Hans-Georg Kotthoff is full professor of School Pedagogy and Comparative Education at the University of Education Freiburg, Germany. Prior to this, he was a lecturer at the University of Münster where he also took his Ph.D. His research interests include comparative education, European educational policy, educational governance and evaluation and teacher education. He is currently the president of Comparative Education Society in Europe (CESE).

Issue N°1 2013 – January-April 2013

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di p.valentini, 19 marzo 2013 10:08

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Scuola Democratica, Issue 7 – henceforth published by Il Mulino – guests an interview with American educationalists Robert Slavin and Nancy Madden, experts and founders of Cooperative Learning. Next come a selected bunch of essays covering various educational topics: Maurizio Lichtner on Vygotsky in educational research; Aureliana Alberici and Paolo Di Rienzo on lifelong learning and formal and informal learning; Gianluca Argentin, Marco Gui and Chiara Tamanini on researches on digital skills; Elena Gremigni re-eancting school teachers casualization in Italy. There follow two contributions from international scholars: Hans-Georg Kotthoff, tracing the development of Comparative Education in Germany; Marie Duru-Bellat, commenting on Cowen’ famous essay – Edging Closer to the Hero, the Barbarian, and the Stranger – published on SD.
‘Where do we stand in reforming school, vocational training and university’ is the key question that experts, academics and professionals such as Vittorio Campione and Antonio Cocozza, Caterina Manco, Mario Fierli, Alberto de Toni and Dario Nicoli try to answer to, also catching a glimpse of forthcoming improvements.
We also publish reflections resulting from a round table organized by SD to discuss the controversial work by Carlo Barone – Contro l’espansione dell’istruzione (e per la sua ridistribuzione). Guido Martinotti, attended that seminar, but he then passed by last Christmas. In honor of his key role in enriching educational studies in Italy, we publish his intervention at that seminar, followed by those of Roberto Moscati, Giunio Luzzatto, Daniele Checchi and Andrea Cammelli.
Miriam Iacomini, Simona Taglia and Rosa Iaquinta illustrate two important case studies, concerning blended e-learning and teachers-parents innovative relations. The Overview is devoted to data describing the demand and the labor supply of graduates. Finally, the last section reviews six topical books on education.
Scuola Democratica, with his new editing format (Il Mulino), aims to improve and progress its leading role in educational context, nationally and internationally. This will increasingly imply a growing numbers of acute authors and discerning readers. We’re confident it will happen.


What is Cooperative Learning today? Interview with Robert Slavin and Nancy Madden,
edited by Giorgio Chiari and Piero Valentini. Introduction by Giorgio Chiari

Vygotsky and The Activity Theory in Educational Research
by Maurizio Lichtner download abstract

Lifelong Learning and University. The Validation of Non-Formal and Informal Learning
by Aureliana Alberici and Paolo Di Rienzo download abstract

Developing Digital Competence in Schools. The Role of Teachers in how their Students use ICT
by Gianluca Argentin, Marco Gui and Chiara Tamanini download abstract

A Precarious Job. Becoming School Teacher in Italy
by Elena Gremigni download abstract

Between Renaissance and Oblivion. Current State and Perspectives of Comparative Education in Germany
by Hans-Georg Kotthoff download abstract

Comparative Education between Depressing Pointlessness and Restricting Instrumentalism?
by Marie Duru-Bellat download abstract

REFORMS:How far have we got?
> in School and Vocational Education and Training

Reflections on School Autonomy
by Vittorio Campione download abstract

School Autonomy, Responsibility and Development. Starting a New Perspective
by Antonio Cocozza download abstract

First Cycle. Between Innovation and Maintenance
by Caterina Manco download abstract

Ideas for a Political Agenda on Upper Secondary School
by Mario Fierli download abstract

Towards the Integration of Sciences
by Alberto F. De Toni download abstract

The VET System in Italy. A not yet Enhanced Resource
by Dario Nicoli download abstract

> Nell’Università
There seems little to be above?
by Guido Martinotti

Too Many University Degree Owners in Italy: An Endless Story
by Roberto Moscati download abstract

The Reform of 3+2 (Bologna Process): Transition Towards New Balance?
by Daniele Checchi download abstract

Graduates: it takes more, unless the country decides not to be innovative
by Giunio Luzzatto download abstract

The Tale of Too Many Graduates
by Andrea Cammelli download abstract

New Spaces for Teaching
by Francesco Consoli download abstract

Inside, outside the School. An experience of open school.
by Miriam Iacomini and Simona Taglia download abstract

Social Network and Community of Practice in the Re-Construction of Knowledge
by Rosa Iaquinta download abstract

Ravitch, D. (2011), The Death and Live of the Great American School System,Basic Books, New York
di Francesco Consoli
Wiborg, S. (2009), Education and Social Integration. Comprehensive Schooling in Europe, Palgrave Macmillan, New York
di Monica E. Mincu
Barone, C. (2012), Le trappole della meritocrazia,Il Mulino, Bologna
di Luciano Benadusi
Rostan, M. (a cura di) (2011), La professione accademica in Italia. Aspetti,problemi e confronti nel contesto europeo,LED,Milano
di Donatella Palomba

Verso l’eroe, il barbaro e lo straniero. Una nota sulla situazione dell’educazione comparata

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di scuolademocratica, 24 ottobre 2012 23:33

di Robert Cowen

Abstract: Questo articolo critica la concezione convenzionale secondo cui la comparative education si definisce come ricerca scientifica dell’individuazione di similarità e differenze fra sistemi educativi e società, nonché dell’individua- zione di best practices – in altri Paesi – al fine di migliorare le politiche educati- ve del governo nel proprio Paese. L’articolo sostiene che la comparative educa- tion universitaria si è concentrata intorno a un certo numero di idee intellettuali complesse, quali transfer, traduzione e trasformazione, e ha affondato le sue radici in alcuni concetti base quali lo Stato, il sistema educativo stesso, il tempo e lo spazio. L’articolo si conclude con una domanda: quale è la relazione fra la comparative education come scienza che analizza l’inquadramento sociale dei sistemi educativi, e invece come modo di pensare, come modo di comprendere il prodigio dell’educazione stessa – che viene suggerito qui nelle metafore umane de «l’eroe, il barbaro e lo straniero»?

Robert Cowen, professore emerito di Education presso l’Institute of Education dell’Università di Londra e Senior Research Fellow all’Università di Oxford. È stato presidente della Comparative Education Society in Europe (CESE). Attualmente i suoi interessi sono prevalentemente centrati sullo status teorico della comparative education accademica.