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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Gender equality

Academic Year 2021/2022

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 the following issues.

Desing in educational research:

- steps in quantitative research approches

- phases in qualitative research approches

Tools for data acquisition:

- planning of questionnaires

- interview theory and techniques

- focus groups theory and techniques

Data elaboration and interpretation

Dissemination of research results



- Trinchero, Robasto (2019), I mixed methods nella ricerca educativa. Milano, Mondadori.

- 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 elearning-cds platform

It is suggested to address the study of compulsory texts and elearning material during the course, as the lessons will include application of the contents. Specific mandatory activities will be prepared on the platform in addition to text books. You can have access to the platform by entering the credentials linked to your unibo account (@ studio.unibo.it).

Teaching methods

The lessons will be interactive, including group work on course topics, for which students are expected to have consulted the designated text books throughout the course (and not simply at the end), so they can participate effectively. Small and large group discussions will be stimulated both on the analyses undertaken and on the texts studied. The course will be delivered in a blended learning mode, with the support of the elearning-cds platform. The timetable for both in-person and distance learning lessons will be available at the beginning of the course. Attendance, although not compulsory, is strongly recommended for the duration of the course, as the topic of evaluation, planning and design is often unfamiliar to students. In addition, students regularly attending the course have the possibility to choose an innovative path focused on feedback (both from teacher and peers) that will include interim tests, as part of the final exam.

Assessment methods

Oral exam during the regular exam sessions. The registration lists will close, as for the other degree courses, three days before the exam date. To access the exam students must have performed all the mandatory activitie on the platform at least three days before the exam date. The activities carried out on the platform will also be considered in the final evaluation. The oral test will be focused on verifying knowledges and skills acquired. It will include also operational stimuli. Attending students who will eventually choose the innovative path will perform two assignments during the course with specific modalities of performance, which will weigh on the final grade in the measure of 50%. The exam will be completed with a short oral test concerning the contents of the exam text books which will consequently determine 50% of the final grade. The final mark will be expressed in 30 point scale, the evaluation of interim tests will be expressed on a 5 point scale and completed with specific feedback both formative and sommative.

Erasmus students, who should contact the teacher at the beginning of the course, will take an oral exam on the dates established within the standard exam timetable, with specific text books.

Teaching tools

- slides

- group work

- e-learning platform activities

Office hours

See the website of Elisa Truffelli

See the website of Elena Luppi