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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: primo e ultimo capitolo.

- Sorzio P. (2005), La ricerca qualitativa in educazione. Problemi e metodi, Roma, Carocci.

- Texts and activities in Moodle platform.

Teaching methods

Face to face lectures and group work, Moodle platform activities (elearning-cds.unibo.it).

Assessment methods

Platform activities and oral exam.

Teaching tools

- slides

- group work

- Moodle platform activities (elearning-cds.unibo.it)

Office hours

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