Methodology of pedagogical research (2015/2016)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Claudio Girelli
Claudio Girelli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. IA, Sem. IB

Lesson timetable

Sem. IA
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.1  
Thursday 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.1 from Oct 29, 2015  to Oct 29, 2015
Friday 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.1  
Sem. IB
Day Time Type Place Note
Tuesday 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.5 from Nov 9, 2015  to Dec 5, 2015
Tuesday 3:40 PM - 6:10 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.2 from Nov 10, 2015  to Nov 10, 2015
Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.3 from Nov 9, 2015  to Dec 5, 2015

Learning outcomes

In order to deal with the challenges of designing and implementing educational processes, one needs to consider education as an open, articulated and widespread system and to maintain an orientation to research as a mean to enhance one’s professional development.
This course intends to contribute to the development of such an orientation by introducing the students to pedagogical research methodology. More specifically, the course raises awareness to the existence of different epistemological frameworks and presents some research methods and strategies.


a) Context: the world of education
b) The educational process and the development of a professional orientation to research
c) The role of reflective thinking in the development of professional practice
d) Epispemological frameworks in pedagogical research
e) Introduction to some research methods and strategies

Reading list:

Mortari L., Apprendere dall’esperienza. Il pensare riflessivo nella formazione, Carocci, Roma 2003

Mortari L, La cultura della ricerca e pedagogia. Prospettive epistemologiche, Carocci, Roma 2007

Girelli C. ( a cura di), Processi e metodologie formative. Teoria e applicazioni nella scuola, nella sanità, nell’industria, nel turismo e nel terzo settore,Erickson, Trento 2008.

Agosti A.(a cura di) , La formazione. Interpretazioni pedagogiche e indicazioni operative, Franco Angeli, Milano 2006 i seguenti capitoli: Larocca F., L’educazione speciale: la formazione attraverso la ricerca-azione (pp.203-216) e Girelli C., La ricerca-azione come prospettiva per la formazione nei servizi socioeducativi (pp.235-246).

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam. Laboratory products will also be assessed.