PhD in Pedagogical Sciences

Academic Year 2017-2018
Subject area Humanistic Studies
Coordinator Prof. Tiziana Pironi
Language Italian
Duration 3 years
Positions and scholarships 5 positions, of which 4 with scholarship
Application deadline May 29, 2017 at 01:00 PM (Expired)
Final ranking list Final ranking list available on Studenti Online
Enrollment period From Sep 29, 2017 to Oct 09, 2017
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2017
Main Department
Department of Education Studies "Giovanni Maria Bertin" - EDU
Mobility abroad
Yes (3 months)
Curricula and Research topics

The topics of research refer to the two curriculum: 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 graduates 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, PhD graduates will be able to:
- Apply for/participate in research programmes run by public or private institutions (university research centres, the national health services, the IRRE, 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 (school and children's publishing, 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

Emma Beseghi Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze dell'Educazione Docente di I fascia
Roberta Caldin Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze dell'Educazione Docente di I fascia
Maurizio Fabbri Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze dell'Educazione Docente di I fascia
Letizia Caronia Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze dell'Educazione Docente di I fascia
Luigi Guerra Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze dell'Educazione Docente di I fascia
Tiziana  Pironi Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze dell'Educazione Docente di I fascia
Learning outcomes
The PhD degree programme in Pedagogical Sciences has two separate curricula: a pedagogic-historic programme and a didactic-experimental programme. For both curricula is provided 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, 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
- 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 outlined above. Attendance of seminars delivered mainly by foreign professors who are experts in the subjects covered by the study 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 students 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. Students 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 tutor. For each of the two curricula, every year the programme invites a number of foreign lecturers/researchers who are particularly distinguished in the pedagogical and didactic field. A further element of internationalisation lies in the opportunity for students to receive support in the production of their thesis also by tutors from European Universities. Finally, the certification of "Doctor Europaeus" and its achievement, the opportunity to carry out joint researches with foreign universities, represent two historically elements that distinguish the quality of the phd in Pedagogical Sciences.
Expected research results and products
The expected products and learning outcomes during the programme include:
- reviews (at least 2 for each student, during the first year)
- scientific articles published in national and international journals (at least 3 for each student)
- presentation of results of (also ongoing) research projects at national and international conferences.
At the end of the study programme, the learning outcome consists of the publication of the PhD thesis.
Doctoral programme Academic Board
Surname Name University/Institution Qualification
BALDUZZI LUCIA Università di Bologna Professore associato
BERNARDI MILENA Università di Bologna Professore associato
BESEGHI EMMA Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
BRIGHI ANTONELLA Università di Bologna Ricercatore
CALDIN ROBERTA Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
CARONIA LETIZIA Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
CUCONATO MORENA Università di Bologna Professore associato
DEMOZZI SILVIA Università di Bologna Ricercatore
FABBRI MAURIZIO Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
FABBRI MANUELA Università di Bologna Professore associato
GALLERANI MANUELA Università di Bologna Professore associato
GIGLI ALESSANDRA Università di Bologna Ricercatore
GRILLI GIORGIA Università di Bologna Ricercatore
GUERRA LUIGI Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
GUGLIELMI DINA Università di Bologna Professore associato
MARCUCCIO MASSIMO Università di Bologna Professore associato
PIRONI TIZIANA Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
VANNINI IRA Università di Bologna Professore associato