Ethnographic research in education (2011/2012)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Anna Maria Paini
Anna Maria Paini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. 2A dal Feb 27, 2012 al Apr 22, 2012.

Lesson timetable

Sem. 2A
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall Zorzi A from Feb 27, 2012  to Apr 18, 2012
Wednesday 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM lesson Lecture Hall Zorzi A from Feb 27, 2012  to Apr 18, 2012

Learning outcomes

Through various teaching methods (lectures, tutorials, ethnographic interviews, meetings with experts, videos) the course aims to introduce students to ethnographic research in anthropology, understood both as field research (fieldwork) and as visual-textual restitution of human and research experiences.


The course critically explores ethnographic research practices: the concept of "field", the ethnographic encounter, the paradox of participant observation, the ethnographic interview, positioning oneself as an anthropologist, the sharing of a context with our interlocutors, the ethical problems posed by the construction of anthropological knowledge and textual-visual translation of the material collected in the field.

1) Cappelletto, F., a cura, 2009, Vivere l’etnografia, SEID, Firenze
2) Cuturi, F., 2010, “Parole”, in Pennacini, C., a cura, 2010, La ricerca sul campo in antropologia, Carocci, Roma, 125-186
3) Valeri, V., 2002, “Il futuro degli antropologi”, in Brutti L. e Paini A., a cura, 2002, La terra dei miei sogni, Meltemi, Roma, 28-47

One of the two following text books:
1)Pasquinelli, C e Melillo, M.,2010, Cultura, Carocci, Roma
2)Pavanello, M., 2009, Fare antropologia. Metodi per la ricerca etnografica, Zanichelli, Bologna

Assessment methods and criteria

a) Non-attending students will take a final oral exam on the course readings.
b) Attending students may choose from the following:
1) the presentation of an essay on the readings for the course and notes from classroom
2) the presentation of a written text using the ethnographic investigation conducted during the course.