Storie figure pedagogia - Mumero 50
“Hamelin. Storie figure pedagogia” is a quarterly magazine, an observatory on youth and culture. From its pedagogic standpoint, it focuses on childhood narratives: picture books, children’s and young adults’ literature, comic books and graphic novels. We celebrate the 50th instalment of our magazine with a collective issue, born from the research we conducted together with a group of Philosophy and Education Sciences scholars, researchers and teachers from the University of Bologna. The team of experts behind this issue completes its theoretical work with a series of activities whose aim is to introduce children to philosophy. We started this collaborative exchange of ideas by involving the Farfilò project, then the interdisciplinary group ΑΙΩΝ/AIÓN - Filosofia e Didattica (ΑΙΩΝ/AIÓN – Phylosophy and Didactics), of the group on educational practices for complex thinking of the Centro di Ricerche Educative su Infanzie e Famiglie (Center for educational research on youth and families) and the startup Filò. Together, we started three years ago a course on picture books, which then became a seminar and generated a fertile discussion on how the picture book grammar could offer chances of philosophical thoughts. It’s not just a matter of discovering books that tackle philosophical themes, but considering the formal dimension of the picture book – only apparently simple – as particularly suitable to a philosophical practice. The relationship between texts and images, the use of metaphors and suspension, the voids that bring forth a deduction process… All of this makes the picture book a detonator of questions, opening to divergent perspectives that allow to dig deep without looking for a definitive answer. One might say that the picture book is philosophical in nature, as multiple direct experiences with children clearly show. The dual nature of theoretical consideration and pedagogic practice is well present in this issue of “Hamelin – Storie figure pedagogia” and in the magazine in general, where the perspective of different fields of expertise made us discover, once again, the inexhaustibility of meaning and beauty actuated in the few pages, between words and images, of the picture book.
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