Francesca Gobbo

Francesca Gobbo
Università degli Studi di Torino | UNITO · Dipartimento di Filosofia e Scienze dell'Educazione

Laurea in Pedagogia, Università di Padova (Italy); M.A. in Education, University of California, Berkeley; PhD. Candidacy, in Education, University of California, Berkeley.

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March 2014 - November 2015
Università degli Studi di Torino
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  • Retired
January 2002 - March 2014
Università degli Studi di Torino
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  • Full Professor of Intercultural Education and Anthropology of Education
November 1992 - January 2002
Università degli Studi di Torino / Università degli Studi di Padova
Position
  • Associate Professor of Comparative Education / Associate Professor of Education

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Publications (35)
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In Growing up in Walltown, Italy, Francesca Gobbo presents an ethnographic account of early childhood education in a nursery and a childhood school in Italy. Drawing on extensive participant observation and interviews of educators, teachers, school coordinators, mothers, and cooks and school staff, Gobbo illustrates the educational and cultural lea...
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After pointing out how individuals' relational dimension, and thus personal and collective dii erences, have been positively recognized by multicultural and intercultural during the last forty years, the author stresses that educational processes and policies are still interrogated by learners' unequal status and opportunities. She then explores th...
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In Italy, the exploration of, and debate on, problems of educational rights and justice are not subsumed under the comprehensive rubric of “Urban Education”. They are rather studied from disciplinary realms and approaches such as social education or intercultural education that aim to understand and respond to issues of pressing social, political a...
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In this chapter the urban dimension of education is explored through a research among the men educators working in the municipal nursery schools (caring and educational institutions for children from 6 months and 3 years of age) of Hilltown (Italy). The research project was carried out between 2014 and 2015, and dealt with the notion of diversity b...
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The chapters composing the Western Europe section on Urban Education illustrate how the theoretical and socio-political approaches to problems and aspects of urban environments are addressed and studied by Western European researchers, namely by focusing on the diversified responses that immigrant communities and minorities activate to realize thei...
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In this chapter the theme of food in its relation to education is explored through the observations and the teachers’ narratives about their Food & Nutrition Project that were collected during fieldwork in a Padua (Italy) childhood school. The municipal educational services’ attention to nutrition are historically contextualized with reference to t...
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Abstrakt The present study concerns an Italian nursery school (for children between 6 and 36 months of age) located in the periphery of Florence. La Giostra is an interesting and challenging project that originated in desires by educators and the Cospe non-governmental organization to change the local socio-cultural context as well as efforts to g...
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In her chapter Francesca Gobbo revisits the ethnographic research she conducted between 1999 and 2001 among a number of Veneto traveling attractionist families whose children’s right to education was seriously impaired by the schools’ inability to respond to their nomadic way of life. The researcher’s first challenge consisted in interpreting the m...
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Ethnographic research is interpretive research in a double sense. One role of ethnographers is to understand the participants’ perspectives: How do they interpret the world? At the same time, ethnographers themselves do interpretive work. These essays address both issues.
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The article presents an interpretation of three narratives collected from three young professionals who volunteer as clowns for the young patients of a pediatric ward in a northern Italian hospital. Through their narratives, the clowns illustrate the role that imagination has in offering a different perspective on a given condition and context (in...
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The book deals with the issue of interculture, with a broad introduction and essays that point out the role of ethnography in the institutional area.
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The chapter presents the contemporary changes taking place in the Italian school population and the policies of integration addressing the educational needs of immigrant pupils and minority ones, such as the Roma. After discussing the situation of non Italian pupils, the authors synthetically describe the Italian legislative framework regarding the...
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The authors of Education, Equality and Social Cohesion: A Comparative Analysis, of Culture in Education and Development: Principles, Practice and Policy, and those anthologized in Languages and Education in Africa: A Comparative and Transdisciplinary Analysis, all approach the pressing educational issues that animate the debates among educationists...
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This article is divided into two parts: in the first one, after mentioning episodes of violence against immigrants, the author discusses the issues of ‘race’ and racism within the debate on immigration and diversity taking place in Italy. Pointing out a number of relevant indications and reflections that qualify such debate, she argues that the con...
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In this article, the author argues that the Council of Europe White Paper's invitation to intercultural dialogue is certainly to be welcomed and pursued, but that its focus on ‘managing’ diversity should be complemented by the concern for understanding how diversity can be represented, negotiated and treated by the different actors in multicultural...
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This paper presents and discusses the theoretical and pedagogical reasons behind the IN-SErvice Training for Roma Inclusion (INSETRom) project, and results from interviews with teachers, Roma families and children. The focus here is on teaching, learning and communicative experiences in Turin multicultural classrooms attended by Roma pupils, all of...
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This paper presents and discusses the theoretical and pedagogical reasons behind the IN‐SErvice Training for Roma Inclusion (INSETRom) project, and results from interviews with teachers, Roma families and children. The focus here is on teaching, learning and communicative experiences in Turin multicultural classrooms attended by Roma pupils, all of...
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This paper aims to clarify and discuss the reasons and limits of three rather popular metaphors that are used to speak of today’s complex social and cultural fabric, through references to cultural anthropology, biology and genetics. In her analysis, the author considers not only the linguistic and semantic dimension of each metaphor, but also the p...
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This article aims to clarify and discuss the reasons and limits of three rather popular metaphors that are used to speak of today’s complex social and cultural fabric, through references to cultural anthropology, biology and genetics. In her analysis, the author considers not only the linguistic and semantic dimension of each metaphor, but also the...
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One September afternoon of 2001, a woman attractionist and I were walking back toward the attraction she had put up and parked in the tree lined area between the cemetery and the hospital of Dolo,2 besides all the other attractions. Abruptly, she started to tell me that one evening she had driven through another provincial town not far from where w...
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The article presents the findings of an ethnographic study carried out among Italian attrazionisti viaggianti (fairground and circus people) who lead a nomadic life and work in four Veneto provinces (Padua, Vicenza, Treviso and Venice). Defining parents as marginalised pedagogues engaged in the task of enculturating their children, the author explo...
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The article presents a portrait of the late anthropologist John U. Ogbu through the author's personal recollections of him as a social scientist, a teacher, a colleague and a longtime friend.
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The article presents the life story of a young Roma cultural mediator who narrates (1) her life and professional decisions, still rather uncommon among young Roma women, and (2) the impact of her education and work experiences and achievements on her self perception. The narratives, from which the life story emerges, express the young Roma's effort...
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In this paper the author reflects on the educational experience of students attending the Waldensian high school in Torre Pellice (Italy), drawing on the findings of her own ethnographic fieldwork in the Waldensian valleys. The original research aim was to explore the meaning that education and schooling traditionally have for this religious minori...

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1) To study the educational ways through which early childhood education creates the cultural conditions for children to participate and learn. 2) To study a project for reclaiming food sovereignty through a bottom-up approach to cultivating and selling produce.
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NESET is an advisory network of experts working on the social dimension of education and training, which provides reliable, independent and rigorous scientific support, country specific expertise, and advice to the European Commission in relation to the equity and social aspects of all types and levels of education and training. For more information see: http://nesetweb.eu/en/