Educational research methods in training contexts (2020/2021)

Course code
4S007373
Name of lecturer
Marco Perini
Coordinator
Marco Perini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
9
Academic sector
M-PED/04 - EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
Language of instruction
Italian
Location
VERONA
Period
Sem. 2A, Sem. 2B

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to describe the main lines of the transition from research orientations that move in a objectivistic and rationalistic framework to mostly qualitative approaches turned to open and recursive forms of research; the course intends to let students understand the main features of a transformative and ethnographic approach, connecting them to educational contexts. By the end of the course students will be able to: - identify some relevant qualitative research on vocational education and training in the major search engines and in academic sites; - know and understand the review criteria used in the peer review procedures of qualitative research articles; - critically analyse these research works; - know and understand the main features of transformative and ethnographic research methods, linking them to a concrete research process in educational contexts; - design the main elements of a qualitative research work, starting from a real or simulated educational context.

Syllabus

The course aims to describe the main lines of the transition from research orientations that move in a objectivistic and rationalistic framework to mostly qualitative approaches turned to open and recursive forms of research; the course intends to let students understand the main features of a transformative and ethnographic approach, connecting them to educational contexts. By the end of the course students will be able to: - identify some relevant qualitative research on vocational education and training in the major search engines and in academic sites; - know and understand the review criteria used in the peer review procedures of qualitative research articles; - critically analyse these research works; - know and understand the main features of transformative and ethnographic research methods, linking them to a concrete research process in educational contexts; - design the main elements of a qualitative research work, starting from a real or simulated educational context.

SYLLABUS
The course will develop the following thematic cores:
- Quantitative research and qualitative research: from opposition to complementarity?
- the process of doing research: identification of the research question, collection, analysis, and interpretation of data;
- research and training: the formative value of research processes;
- the epistemological horizons of doing ethnographic research on the analysis of educational practices in the training sector;
- approaches and tools of qualitative research for the analysis of training practices: examples;
- the main resources for educational research in the educational field: research centers, journals.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Lipari, D. Dentro la formazione. Etnografia, pratiche, apprendimento Guerini 2016 9788868960773
Mario Cardano La ricerca qualitativa Il Mulino 2011 978-88-15-14980-0
Giuseppe Tacconi e Nicoletta Morbioli (a cura di) Reinventare la scuola. La sfida dell'istruzione degli adulti in Italia (Edizione 1) Erickson 2019 978-88-590-2041-7

Assessment methods and criteria

ORAL examination with
• 3 essay questions to assess the acquired knowledge (up to 12 points)
• one presentation of a selected article (up to 8 points)
• one question to assess deep understanding (up to 10 points)