PhD in Pedagogical Sciences

Academic Year 2021-2022
Subject area Humanistic Studies
Cycle 37
Coordinator Prof. Tiziana Pironi
Language Italian
Duration 3 years
Positions 7 positions. More information in the PhD Programme Table.
Application deadline May 21, 2021 at 12:00 PM (Expired)
Enrolment period From Jul 16, 2021 to Jul 26, 2021
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2021
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 main research areas: 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 PhDs 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, PhDs will be able to:
- Apply for/participate in research programmes run by public or private institutions (university research centres, the national health services, the Regional Institutes for Educational Research, 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 (publishing on school's and children, 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 counseling and design of distance courses (e-learning)
Admission Board

Surname Name University/Institution Role email
Bernardi Milena Università di Bologna Member
Caldin Roberta Università di Bologna Member
Fabbri Maurizio Università di Bologna Member
Vannini Ira Università di Bologna Member
Balduzzi Lucia Università di Bologna Substitute
Caronia Letizia Università di Bologna Substitute
Pironi Tiziana Università di Bologna Substitute

The following shall take part in the work of the Examination Board as expert members: Francesco Raphael Frieri (Regione Emilia-Romagna,, Giovanni Martinelli (IRST S.r.l. IRCCS,

Learning outcomes
The PhD programme in Pedagogical Sciences has two separate main research areas: a pedagogic-historic programme and a didactic-experimental programme. For both curricula 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 is provided, 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 and 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
- Attendance of seminars delivered mainly by foreign professors who are experts in the subjects covered by the PhD 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 candidates 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. Candidates 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 supervisor. For each of the two curricula, every year the PhD programme invites a number of foreign lecturers/researchers who particularly distinguished themselves in the pedagogical and didactic field. Further elements of internationalisation are:
- Opportunity for candidates to receive support in the production of their thesis also by tutors from European Universities;
- The opportunity to carry out joint research activities with foreign universities;
- Presence of foreign professors in the Academic Board (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 candidates in the 34° cycle (quote 30% on the total number of candidates enrolled) and one in the 35° cycle; one in the 36° cycle with the China Scholarship Council; one with the agreement with UNICAMP in the 36° cycle.
Expected research results and products
The expected products and learning outcomes during the programme include:
- Reviews (at least 2 for each candidate, during the first year)
- Scientific articles published in national and international journals (at least 3 for each candidate)
- presentation of results of (also ongoing) research projects at national and international conferences
At the end of the PhD programme, the learning outcome consists of the publication of the PhD thesis.
Doctoral programme Academic Board
Name Surname University/Institution Qualification
Olga María Alegre De La Rosa Universidad de La Laguna (Spain) Professore Ordinario
Lucia Balduzzi Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Milena Bernardi Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Ivana Bolognesi Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Antonella Brighi Libera Università di Bolzano Professore Associato
Roberta Caldin Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Letizia Caronia Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Morena Cuconato Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Silvia Demozzi Università di Bologna Professore Associato
José Maria Hernandez Díaz Università di Salamanca (Spain) Professore Ordinario
Maurizio Fabbri Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Manuela Gallerani Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Alessandra Gigli Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Giorgia Grilli Università di Bologna Ricercatore Confermato
Dina Guglielmi Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Elena Luppi Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Daniel Mara Università di Sibiu (Romania) Professore Associato
Massimo Marcuccio Università di Bologna Professore Associato
Andres Paya università di Valencia (Spain) Professore Associato
Tiziana Pironi Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario
Rossella Santagata Università di California (USA) Professore Associato
Henning Schluss università di Vienna (Austria) Professore Associato
Ira Vannini Università di Bologna Professore Ordinario


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