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.
-Forms of empirical research in education.
-Documentation, research and reflection.
-Quantitative and qualitative research.
-Instruments and procedures for data collection and analysis.
-Communication and diffusion of results.
Robasto D. (2014). "La ricerca empirica in educazione. Esempi e buone pratiche". Franco Angeli, Milano.
Cardarello R., Pintus A. (2019). "Oltre le mura. L'infanzia e la scoperta degli spazi pubblici in città". Junior, Parma.
A text chosen from the following:
Bruno Munari, Fantasia. Invenzione, creatività e immaginazione nelle comunicazioni visive.
Bertolt Brecht, Vita di Galileo.
Gianni Rodari, Grammatica della fantasia. Introduzione all'arte di inventare storie.
Edwin A. Abbott, Flatlandia. Racconto fantastico a più dimensioni.
Teaching materials (texts / articles / slides) uploaded during the course on the course ELLY page.
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
1) A structured written test (with an explicit evaluation scale and communicated in advance with respect to the administration of the test).
The test will estimate the achievement of the expected results outlined above in the training objectives section. The test passed with a score equal to or above 18/30 will be considered.
2) A Project work (individually or in groups of up to 3 persons), delivered by e-mail to the teacher. Voting scale 0-30.
The Project work involves the elaboration of an empirical research project
In the educational-formative field.
The design context is freely chosen by the candidate, provided it is in compliance with the criteria illustrated in the course, in the slides and in the reference manuals.