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Academic Year 2017/2018

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course students will:

- know the methodological issues related to educational research

- know both qualitative and quantitative methods of research

- know the main research designs

- know methods and tools to realize empirical educational research.

Furthermore, students will be able to:

- make a connection between multiple variables to perform complex analysis of specific educational environments

- design a case study to deepen the knowledge of new or less studied educational fields and reflect autonomously upon them

- structure a project presentation and report on progress and results of an empirical research

- communicate clearly and correctly the results of an educational research using different communication channels and registers

- use proper tools to monitor his/her own learning process, reflect upon it and activate a process of revision in order to improve it.

Course contents

The course presents the methods of empirical research in education.

Contents include: research in education, steps and phases of quantitative and qualitative research, tool for data acquisition, elaboration and interpretation, choice of research methods, dissemination of research results.


- Coggi C., Ricchiardi P. (2005), Progettare la ricerca empirica in educazione, Roma, Carocci ed.

- Lucisano P. e Salerni A. (2002), Metodologia della ricerca in educazione e formazione , Roma, Carocci: first and last chapter.

- Zammuner V.L.(2000), Tecniche dell'intervista e del questionario. Bologna, Il Mulino, cap. 3 e 7 (pp. 93-147, 271-303) or cap. 6 e 7 (pp. 233-303).

- Activities in Moodle platform

Teaching methods

Face to face lectures, group work, Moodle platform activities.

Assessment methods

Oral exam.

For the students who have done it, as they are optional, in the final evaluation will be considered the activities carried out on the platform.

Teaching tools


Group work

Moodle platform activities

Office hours

See the website of Massimo Marcuccio