Vol. 5 No. 2 (2018): Current questions and perspectives in comparative education

Luigi Romanini and il movimento pedagogico all’estero (1947-1951)

Vincenzo Schirripa
Università LUMSA, Roma

Published 2018-11-13


  • new education; activity schools; international education movement, catholic pedagogy; pedagogic naturalism; new education reception in Italy

How to Cite

Schirripa, V. (2018). Luigi Romanini and il movimento pedagogico all’estero (1947-1951). Rivista Di Storia dell’Educazione, 5(2), 97–110. Retrieved from https://rivistadistoriadelleducazione.it/index.php/rse/article/view/7623


Luigi Romanini (1892-1964) was a teacher, a school director, an inspector and was involved in national school administration, in professional associations and in teacher training. In such a role he wrote books and articles to present The modern methods (title of one of his monographic works, 1950). He dedicated many pages to the main school innovators of the xixth, and above all the 20th century, classified by theoretical issues, chronological criteria and geographical areas. His interest in activity schools stemmed and took shape between Fascism – he defined himself as an interpreter of Gentile’s reform in experimenting interest groups at school – and the early Republican Italy. He introduced educational sources, in some cases not well known in Italy, playing a role of a mediator between professional communities of teachers, educational research and specialized publishing. Il movimento pedagogico all’estero was published between 1947 (vol. 1, Le idee) and 1951 (vol. 2, Le esperienze); it is also a relevant text about international opening and modernization of catholic pedagogy in Italy in the afterwar.