Epistemology of Pedagogical Research (2007/2008)

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Name of lecturer
Luigina Mortari
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Sem. II A dal Feb 18, 2008 al Apr 12, 2008.

Lesson timetable

Sem. II A
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 1.6  
Wednesday 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall Zorzi A  

Learning outcomes

“Epistemology of educational research” is a subject which examines issues relating to educational research, focusing its attention on links between theoretical and practical research.
Starting from a perspective according to which educational research is a process which aims at constructing practical knowledge based on rigorous method (rigorously structured), the course introduces students to the essentials of epistemology of pedagogical knowledge, which is open and not defined, and whose development needs to be constantly rooted in experience. Indeed, qualitative research in pedagogy will be taken into deep consideration.


The course considers different types of:
research phylosophies,
research methodologies,
research tools.
The course takes two modules:
- a theoretical module relating to the analysis of research paradigms;
- a practical module providing students with operative skills relating to the right ways of conducting interviews as well as analysing them critically.

Reading list:
(a) Mortari, L., Cultura della ricerca e pedagogia, Carocci, Roma 2007

(b) Diana, P e Montesperelli, P.,Analizzare le interviste ermeneutiche, Carocci, Roma 2005

(c ) students will choose one of the following books to study:
(c1) Dunn, J., L’amicizia tra bambini, Raffaello Cortina Editore, Milano 2004.
(c2) De Leo, G., Patrizi, P. e De Gregorio, E., L’analisi dell’azione deviante, Il Mulino, Bologna 2004.
(c3) Mortari, L. e Sità, C. (a cura di), Pratiche di civiltà. Capitale sociale ed esperienze formative, Erikson, trento 2007.

Assessment methods and criteria

Students who attend the course are assessed by written assignment on a topic relating to the practical module .
Students who don’t attend the course are assessed by written test based on open-questions.