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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[30/46]  PRIMARY TEACHER EDUCATION [46/00 - Ord. 2011]  PERCORSO COMUNE 8 60


The course aims to provide conceptual frameworks and methodological tools to design, implement and evaluate educational activities in the context of pre-schools and primary schools.
Specifically, and in relation to the Dublin descriptors, at the end of the course students are expected to achieve the following training objectives.
1. Knowledge and understanding
Student will be able to know and understand the historical developments of teaching, principles and theories that underlie the different models of design, implementation and evaluation of educational interventions. Student will be able to know and understand the principles of effective communication and class management techniques. Student will be able to know and understand how cognitive and emotional processes provided by neurosciences and those deriving from evidence-based education researches can lead to setting up teaching and learning processes. Student will be able to know and understand criteria to recognize reasons and opportunities for use of specific teaching strategies on the base of situation and educational objectives.
2. Ability to apply knowledge
Student will be able to apply the knowledge acquired from the course to design, implement and evaluate educational activities. Student will be able to use the knowledge of theoretical teaching models in addition to those deriving from neuroscience and "evidence-based" research to analyze teaching practices (in particular videotaped practices in school settings) in order to reflect, problematize, make choices and evaluate the results.
3. Autonomy of judgment
Student will be able to critically analyze what happens in a given educational situation. Student will be able to evaluate the appropriateness of the teaching methods chosen with respect to the objectives set. Student will be able to analyze the results of an intervention with a view to improvement.
4. Communication skills
Student will be able to communicate clearly the acquired knowledge to specialists and non-specialist interlocutors. Student will be able to recognize and use suitable linguistic registers on the basis of different needs, for example to interact with pupils, colleagues and parents.
5. Learning skills
Student will be able to continue studying and updating; research and evaluate educational resources to be used in the classroom (on the web, in archives and databases); collaborate and learn with peers.


The course does not have any specific entrance requirements. Please look at general requirements of degree course.


The course presents and analyzes foundational aspects of teaching and learning (didactics) in the first cycle of education. The course consists of three modules. The first concerns the theory and history of didactics (teaching and learning theories): disciplinary status, historical developments of teaching theories, approaches to the design, management and evaluation of educational interventions, research and validation of new knowledge on teaching. The second module deals with the relationship between learning and teaching in the light of the cognitive acquisitions provided by research on neuroscience and by that of evidence-based education. Finally, the last module develops the themes of didactic intervention: theories and models, didactic strategies, interaction in the classroom, didactic communication, organization and management of the setting, regulation and management of the class.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, exercises and online activities (60 hours)

Verification of learning

Exam mode
Oral exam on the contents of the whole program (for English speaking students only).
Criteria for the attribution of the final vote
The score is given by a vote expressed in thirtieths. In order to pass the exam, that is to say a grade of not less than 18/30, the student must demonstrate that she/he has acquired sufficient knowledge of the topics covered during the course, using an appropriate language.
In order to achieve a score of more than 28/30 students must have acquired excellent knowledge on all subjects and demonstrate, during the project exposure, critical skills, autonomy of judgment and clarity of exposition.


The books to be studied are in Italian (see below).
English speaking student (i.g. Erasmus students) could contact the teacher for alternative program.

------Books list------
Bonaiuti, G., Calvani, A., Ranieri, M. (2016). Fondamenti di didattica. Roma: Carocci

Calvani, A., Trinchero, R. (2019). Dieci falsi miti e dieci regole per insegnare bene. Roma: Carocci.

Bonaiuti, G. (2014). Le strategie didattiche. Roma: Carocci

Willingham, D.T. (2018) Perché agli studenti non piace la scuola. Torino: UTET.

Calvani, A. (2011). «Decision Making» nellistruzione. «Evidence Based Education» e conoscenze sfidanti. ECPS Journal of Educational, Cultural and Psychological Studies, (3), 7799. (online)

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