Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims to: 1) foster awareness of epistemological beliefs; 2 ) introduce the historical, epistemological and methodological bases that define the area of empirical research in education, 3) improve the ability to read critically empirical research articles and evaluate their possible use for decision making; 4) develop skills in designing educational empirical researches.
Course contents summary
Introduction to empirical research in education: history, concepts and approaches.
1. Outlines of history of empirical research in education
2. Forms of empirical research in education
3. Quantitative research phases
4. Moments of qualitative research forms
5. Instruments and procedures for data collection
6. Instruments and procedures for data analysis
7. Communication and diffusion of results
A bibliography will be handed out on the first day of class
Educational activities will be conducted focusing on active learning methods (interactive lectures, case studies, simulations) with a continuous enhancement of direct experiences of the participants and interactions between individuals in learning. The classroom activities will be supported by the use of authentic materials and presentations on computer.
Assessment methods and criteria
A written semi-structured test, with open-ended questions, which requires the student to demonstrate understanding and ability to apply the concepts contained in the texts listed in the bibliography (three-hour) 2) oral discussion on the project work (empirical research)