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

Quality education Decent work and economic growth Reduced inequalities Peace, justice and strong institutions

Academic Year 2022/2023

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 is designed to promote the development of empirical research expertise in education.

Contents include: research in education; steps and phases of quantitative and qualitative research approaches; choice of research design and methods; tools for data collection, elaboration and interpretation, and dissemination of research results; planning and construction of a questionnaire and grids for conducting interviews and focus groups; planning and conducting documentary research.


Mandatory bibliography both for attending and not attending students:

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

- 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 (only chap. 3, 4, 6 e 7).

- Teacher's handout (available on the Virtual platform)

Teaching methods

A method of delivering the course in presence will be adopted. Any remote modalities will be activated only and exclusively in the cases and according to the modalities provided by the indications defined at the University governance level.

The activities in presence will be delivered by lectures and group work.

Activities will focus on active teaching methods (interactive lessons, case studies, teamwork) with a continuous enhancement of the participants' direct experiences and interactions between students.

The students will also be involved in simple empirical research according to the internship activities and the final thesis preparation.

Assessment methods

During the course, the teacher will conduct formative assessment mainly through feedback related to the implemented activities to promote self-regulation and peers' external regulation.

Summative assessment will be carried out through an oral discussion. The ability to understand the declarative, procedural and contextual knowledge contained in the bibliography will be assessed, as well as the ability to apply them in simulated situations, grasp the interconnections, to identify assumptions and consequences.

Teaching tools


Group works with authentic documents.

Office hours

See the website of Massimo Marcuccio