PhD in Pedagogical Sciences

Academic Year 2020-2021
Subject area Humanistic Studies
Cycle 36
Coordinator Prof. Tiziana Pironi
Language Italian
Duration 3 years
Positions 7 positions. More information in the PhD Programme Table.
Application deadline May 21, 2020 at 01:00 PM (Expired)
Enrolment period From Jul 01, 2020 to Jul 13, 2020
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2020
Operating centre
Main Department
Department of Education Studies "Giovanni Maria Bertin" - EDU
Mobility abroad
3 months
Research topics

The topics of research refer to the two curriculum: Pedagogic-historic and Didactic-experimental. In detail, the research themes addressed during the first year, through lectures, workshops and seminars, are:

  • General and Social Pedagogy, including: philosophy of education, pedagogy of families, intercultural education, adult education.
  • History of pedagogy, which includes: school history, history of education, history of the theories of childhood, the story of the imaginary child, and children's literature.
  • Special Education, which includes: teaching and learning methodologies, inclusive education, special educational needs, education technologies and e-learning.
  • Experimental Pedagogy, which includes: theories and strategies for designing and evaluate educational interventions, the methodology of empirical research in education.

The research topics also include any correlations between the pedagogical and psychological area.

Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
The career opportunities for graduates from the Pedagogical Sciences PhD programme are notably linked to the knowledge and competencies developed in pedagogic-didactic research areas during the programme. In particular, PhD graduates will be able to:
- Apply for/participate in research programmes run by public or private institutions (university research centres, the national health services, the IRRE, foundations, study centres)
- Access management positions in the education Sector
- Lead market research and other projects for companies supplying education and training products and services (school and children's publishing, creation and production of educational software, video games for children and adolescents and the whole edutainment sector, technologies and aids for the disabled);
- Manage and organise documentation centres, libraries, archives and museum poles in the educational and children's sectors for public and private bodies (foundations, associations, cooperatives, publishing companies);
- Work in the public administration in sectors that require surveys and research on educational/social/training needs for the local community in order to appropriately design interventions;
- Carry out pedagogical counselling and design of distance courses (e-learning).
Admission Board

Surname Name University/Institution Role email
Balduzzi Lucia Università di Bologna Member
Gallerani Manuela Università di Bologna Member
Marcuccio Massimo Università di Bologna Member
Parmeggiani Lorella Enfap Emilia Romagna Member
Pironi Tiziana Università di Bologna Member
Bernardi Milena Università di Bologna Substitute
Fabbri Maurizio Università di Bologna Substitute
Vannini Ira Università di Bologna Substitute
Learning outcomes
The PhD degree programme in Pedagogical Sciences has two separate curricula: a pedagogic-historic programme and a didactic-experimental programme. For both curricula is provided the possibility to attend a pathway focused on the interactions between pedagogical and psychological knowledge on theoretical and methodological issues specific of each research area, including comparisons at epistemological and practical level, in particular in the definition of services and complex interventions. Alongside the learning outcomes which are common to both curricula, each programme also has specific learning outcomes.
Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates
- Field research in the main educational contexts (i.e. formal, informal and non formal)
- Development of educational projects in simulated contexts (education workshops)
- Participation in research-action projects; bibliographic and theoretical-comparative research.
Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes
- Lectures covering a study programme focusing on the 4 fields of interest of the PhD programme, which correspond to the subject areas of the two curricula outlined above.
- Attendance of seminars delivered mainly by foreign professors who are experts in the subjects covered by the study programme, including seminars run by the Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici (Advanced School of Humanities) of the University of Bologna.
- Participation in cycles of lessons at other national and international universities.
- Participation in educational and learning projects. Direct knowledge of innovative, leading education experiences in the national and international, and particularly European field.
Internationalization features
PhD students in Pedagogical Science (particularly those with scholarships) are required to spend at least three months abroad at a university or research centre that is particularly relevant in the field of educational research. Students are also stimulated to take part in international research projects and to establish agreements with European and non-European research centres and educational institutions under the supervision of the tutor. For each of the two curricula, every year the programme invites a number of foreign lecturers/researchers who are particularly distinguished in the pedagogical and didactic field. A further element of internationalisation lies:
- opportunity for students to receive support in the production of their thesis also by tutors from European Universities;
- certification of "Doctor Europaeus" and its achievement, the opportunity to carry out joint researches with foreign universities, represent two historically elements that distinguish the quality of the PhD in Pedagogical Sciences;
- presence of foreign professors in PhD College (University of Salamanca- University of Sibiu - University of Valencia - University of Vienna - University of California University of Laguna);
- agreement with Universidade Federal do Paranà and University of Granada; two foreign PhD Students in 34° cycle (quote 30% on the total number of PhD enrolled) and one in 35° cycle.
Expected research results and products
The expected products and learning outcomes during the programme include:
- reviews (at least 2 for each student, during the first year);
- scientific articles published in national and international journals (at least 3 for each student);
- presentation of results of (also ongoing) research projects at national and international conferences.
At the end of the study programme, the learning outcome consists of the publication of the PhD thesis.
Doctoral programme Academic Board
Surname Name University/Institution Qualification
Alegre De La Rosa Olga María Universidad de La Laguna (Spain) Professore Ordinario
Balduzzi Lucia Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Bernardi Milena Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Bolognesi Ivana Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Brighi Antonella Libera Università di Bolzano Professore Associato
Caldin Roberta Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Caronia Letizia Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Cuconato Morena Università di Bologna Professore Associato Confermato
Demozzi Silvia Università di Bologna Ricercatore A Tempo Determinato - Art.24 Co.3 Lett. B) - L.240/2010
Díaz José Maria Hernandez Università di Salamanca (Spain) Professore Ordinario
Fabbri Maurizio Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Gallerani Manuela Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Gigli Alessandra Università di Bologna Ricercatore Confermato
Grilli Giorgia Università di Bologna Ricercatore Confermato
Guglielmi Dina Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Luppi Elena Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Mara Daniel Università di Sibiu (Romania) Professore Associato
Marcuccio Massimo Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Paya Andres università di Valencia (Spain) Professore Associato
Pironi Tiziana Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Santagata Rossella Università di California (United States) Professore Associato
Schluss Henning Università di Vienna (Austria) Professore Associato
Vannini Ira Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario