General Pedagogy and Methodology of Pedagogical Research [indirizzo per l'educazione socio-culturale] (2008/2009)

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Course code
Name of lecturer
Chiara Sità
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. II A, Sem. II B

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The course enables students to develop knowledge about the concept of care, that is a core concept which is essential in order to construct the educational issue. It also develops skills relating to the basic conceptual analysis of the topic chosen as well as to the recognition of the ways of acting, which are typical of a good educational practice.
Starting from a perspective according to which pedagogy is a practical knowledge, which develops through a relation to other subjects, this course considers the construction of educational issue, relating to both theoretical and practical research. The course activities aim to develop critical analysis of research processes by finding out paradigms, main concepts, methodological issues in educational research reports.


Students take two modules:
• Theoretical research
The course considers educational process from the perspective of the concept of “care” as essential structure of educational practice.
• Empirical research
Students are introduced to the inquiry technique and its procedures, from a perspective defining educational research as a process which aims at constructing practical knowledge based on rigorous method (rigorously structured), in order to learn to analyze research processes and methodological issues through examination of research reports in education.

Reading list:

(a) Mortari, L., La pratica dell’aver cura, Bruno Mondadori, Milano 2006.
(b). Mortari, L., Cultura della ricerca e pedagogia, Carocci, Roma 2007.
(c) students will choose one of the following books, relating to different pedagogical issues, to study:
(c1) V. Mazzoni, Partecipazione sociale e apprendimento, Verona, QuiEdit, 2008.
(c2) C. Sità, Il sostegno alla genitorialità. Analisi dei modelli di intervento e prospettive educative, Brescia, La Scuola, 2005.
(c3) Giuseppe Milan, Disagio giovanile e strategie educative, ed. Città Nuova, 2002.
(c4) AAVV, L'animazione di gruppo con gli adolescenti, Quaderno di Animazione Sociale, supplemento al n.3 2008
(c5) Jessica.
(d) S. Kanisza, Che ne pensi? L’intervista nella pratica didattica; Roma, Carocci, 1993.

Assessment methods and criteria

Students are assessed by written test based on open-questions.