Tag articolo: School Autonomy

Freeing the Italian school system

di p.valentini, 7 novembre 2013 18:08

by Andrea Ichino

Abstract : The Italian school system leaves everybody unhappy with no agreement on solutions. We propose to allow schools to opt-out of the state system, as in some successful international experiences. Headmasters, teachers, parents, Ngos, will be allowed to form committees for schools’ management, subjected to the approval of interested families. The approved committee will be free to manage schools in terms of personnel, structures and educational programs. Users will control the autonomy given to schools, which initially will receive funds based on historical spending, but later will be financed in proportion to enrollment. They will not be allowed to raise tuition, but the will have access to private funding, which will be taxed in favor or more disadvantaged schools. The Government will maintain the crucial role of providing information to families so that they can choose the schools that deserve financing. All students will have to pass the national standardized exams.

Andrea Ichino is professor of economics at the Economics department of the University of Bologna:  see www.andreaichino.it email: andrea.ichino@unibo.it

Issue N°2 2013 – May-August 2013

di p.valentini, 7 novembre 2013 16:44

cover sd2 2013 may august special issueISBN: 978-88-15-24407-9 Year IV

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

Ideas for a Political Agenda on Upper Secondary School

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di p.valentini, 19 marzo 2013 11:22

by Mario Fierli
Abstract: Despite the recent reorganization and, in some respects, precisely because of this, a policy for the Upper Secondary cannot be reduced to simple maintenance. It is still in progress the implementation of the reorganization of upper secondary education, now in its third year, and will be completed in 2015. It is difficult for the next legislature to propose a further reorganization and therefore it is very likely that we should think within the existing framework. It is, however, necessary not only to enable the monitoring and maintenance but perhaps push towards an evolution, albeit within the limits of the current model. It is therefore to determine whether the current structure is the one that can give the best answer in the future or whether it is more appropriate to provide a first level of professionalism with a secondary shorter and accelerate the development of the Higher Technical Institutes for complete the training where this is necessary.

Mario Fierli, Member of the working group for the reorganization of Technical and Vocational Schools and the working group for the Development of Science and Technology

School Autonomy, Responsibility and Development. Starting a New Perspective

di p.valentini, 19 marzo 2013 11:16

by Antonio Cocozza
Abstract: Starting from the critical data related to the implementation of the autonomy Italian school, in the new institutional context, the paper proposes to put the strategic role and the high social and civic value of the school, which should be aimed at achieving five different strategic objectives: promote the educational autonomy; offering personalized educational processes, increase accountability of schools; enable organizational autonomy and managerial autonomy; invest in research and development; develop a positive interaction with the vocation of socio-economic and cultural life of the local community, in a logic of synergistic integration between schools, universities, scientific-technological research, and institutional system and productive.

Antonio Cocozza, Professor of Sociology of work and organizations, Director of the Master in Organizational processes and management in the school autonomy and Coordinator of the Commission Research and Laboratories of the Department of Education at the University Roma Tre. Coordinator of the ‘Observatory on school autonomy’ and Professor of ‘Corporate Communication and Human Resource Management’ at LUISS.

Reflections on School Autonomy

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di p.valentini, 19 marzo 2013 11:10

by Vittorio Campione
Abstract: The idea of autonomy as a major reform should be entrusted to the next legislature as a starting point to make the reorganization of the educational system and innovation in learning pathways. Among teachers, after a decade of regressive policies, there is a growing awareness that the tool you need to arrange education for all efficient in achieving the objectives expected and effective in its ability to ensure quality and equity, exists and is set Presidential Decree 275 of 1999. The text examines the persistence of the theoretical and cultural factors that led the legislature to approve the rules on autonomy and its inclusion in the Constitution then retracing the steps of the comparison with a central government sided with the centralism.

Vittorio Campione, Expert in educational systems. Scientific Director of Noveris. Author of books and articles and a consultant to institutions and public and private institutions.

Issue N°1 2013 – January-April 2013

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di p.valentini, 19 marzo 2013 10:08

cover sd1 2013

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