Vittorino da Feltre: Humanistic pedagogy in Italy during the early renaissance

Vittorino da Feltre (1378‑1447) can be regarded as a pioneer of humanistic education and pedagogy. The article describes da Feltre's pedagogic activities as the school master of La Giocosa, owned by marquis Gonzaga in Mantua, Italy. Some of the economic, political, and social preconditions for humanistic pedagogy during the first decades of the 15th century are also discussed. Finally, the article places da Feltre's educational ideas and practices in the academic and cultural context of the early Renaissance in Italy.

Keywords: education, pedagogy, Renaissance, humanism