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Textbooks and Citizenship in modern and contemporary Europe

Edited By Paolo Bianchini and Roberto Sani

The essays in this book are focused on the production and the use of textbooks in different countries and different periods of European history. By indicating some particularly important moments in the evolution of textbooks, they allow a better understanding of the educational history and of some other related topics: the history of school subjects mainly reconstructed through the contents offered to students at various levels of education; the educational and cultural policies that the states have continued through and what is still one of the most powerful means of training and orientation of public opinion: the school. The common source to all the essays collected here is the educational publishing. All authors have analyzed books, authors, publishers, users of manuals in limited contexts and moments in the history of education in different countries, in the attempt to study it through the real materials used daily in classes and not simply on teaching methods and pedagogical theories.
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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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