Teaching geography after the unification of Italy. A GIS application for the history of education
The essay investigates the history of textbooks from a quantitative perspective, by experimenting a new research instruments for the history of education. The data from geography textbooks used in Italian schools from 1874 to 1875 will be examinated with a Geographic Information System (GIS), which allows a very refined research of records with historical and geographical information. It will be showed the concrete potentials offered by the computer applications to human subjects such as history. Moreover, by using geography as an object and research instrument at the same time, through GIS, the essay will analyse the strategies of adapting manuals by the instructors, showing how a textbook success was based upon its ability of addressing the teachers’ patriotic feelings. ← 47 | 48 →
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