Susanna Mantovani

Susanna Mantovani, Prof.

Prof. Susanna Mantovani is interested in the research areas of Early Childhood Education and Care; Adult-Child and Peer Relationships; Early Childhood Pedagogy; Pre-primary Education; ECEC Policies; Children and Family Policies; Parents participation and Home-School Relationships; Early childhood and Technologies; Professional Development in Education and Care; and Intercultural Education; Qualitative Research Methods in Education. She acted as consultant for the OCSE Early Childhood Project in 1976-79 and has been involved in the Project Starting Strong (2001-2003). She was a consultant for many international projects for the Bernard Van Leer Foundation (1977-1985) and Scientific Director (1985-91) for the project financed by the Bernard Van Leer Foundation Tempo per le Famiglie (Time for Families) for children aged 0 to 3 and their parents. Mantovani has been co-founder and President after Loris Malaguzzi of the Gruppo Nazionale Nidi Infanzia (1996-2002). She was a member of the Osservatorio Nazionale per l’infanzia e l’Adolescenza( 1999-2002). She was part of all the National Committees for the Guidelines for Preprimary Schools in Italy since 1989; member of the Board of UNICEF Italia (2009-2011); member of the Scientific Committee for the Project Interculture (Foundation Cariplo 2007-2009) and a member of the Scientific Committee for the Fondazione Intercultura. She is the scientific director for the Experimental Day care centre Bambini Bicocca (Università di Milano-Bicocca/City of Milan/ Pirelli/Pirelli Real Estate/ Deutsche Bank) and a promoter of the Network of University Day Care Centres).

University of Milano-Bicocca


Mantovani S., Pastori G. (2016), «Pensare la scuola. La voce dei giovani sulla scuola». In Scuola Democratica. Learnig for democracy, Forthcoming.

Mantovani S. (2010). Italy. In: Oberhuemer P, Schreyer I, Nueman Mj. Professionals In Early Childhood Education And Care Systems. European Profiles And Perspectives. Pp. 239-259, Opladen & Farmington Hills: Barbara Budrich Publishers, Isbn/Issn: 97838664492493.

Mantovani S. (2010). Vygotsky And The Early Years Of Ecec In Italy. In: Tuna A, Hayden J. Early Childhood Programs As The Doorway To Social Cohesion: Application Of Vygotsky's Ideas From An East-West Perspective. Pp. 63-72, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Isbn/Issn: 9781443823906.

Tobin, J.J, Arzubiaga, Mantovani S. (2007). «The Hundred Language Of Parents».In Early Childhood Education, Issn: 0012-8171.

Mantovani S., Ferri P (2008). Children And Computer: What They Know, What They Do. In Rivoltella P.C. (Ed.) Digital Literacy. Tools And Methodologies For Information Society. P. 126-139, Hersey - New York: Igi Publishing, Isbn/Issn: 9781599047980.