METHODOLOGY AND TECHNIQUE OF APPLIED SOCIAL RESEARCH

METHODOLOGY AND TECHNIQUE OF APPLIED SOCIAL RESEARCH

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Code
80265
ACADEMIC YEAR
2018/2019
CREDITS
6 credits during the 2nd year of 9922 PEDAGOGY, EDUCATIONAL PLANNING AND RESEARCH (LM-85) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
SPS/07
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (PEDAGOGY, EDUCATIONAL PLANNING AND RESEARCH )
semester
2° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

Social research provides practitioners and social workers with a valuable set of methods, techniques and tools that can, in socio-educational contexts, be fruitfully applied to evaluate interventions and thus improve them. This course intends to enrich the knowledge acquired by students in the first year (Design and evaluation of social and educational policies) and to make them experiment with specific approaches, methods and techniques.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Recall and deepen the knowledge and methodological and technical skills needed for social and evaluative research in the field of educational, training and social policies; provide knowledge on some specific approaches to the evaluation of public policies; present and make the students to experience some techniques and tools used in social and evaluative research in these areas.

Teaching methods

Lectures with support of slides that will be uploaded on Aulaweb, presentation and critical discussion of case studies, group works and role playing.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course involves the deepening of knowledge and methodological and technical skills related to the process of social and evaluative research acquired by the students with the course "Design and evaluation of social and educational policies" of the first year. After a reminder of the fundamental concepts of public policies and their evaluation, the phases of evaluative research will be illustrated and explored also through concrete examples and practical exercises. Some social research techniques used in this context will be experienced, with particular attention to group techniques and their use to construct of the program theory and for the definition and the differential weighting of evaluative indicators (Evaluative Brainstorming, Focus Group, Delphi, Nominal group technique, Scale of Obliged Priorities). They will then be treated the statistical techniques used in social research for data analysis, even with exercises under the guidance of the teacher. Particular attention will be devoted to the theory-driven evaluation, participatory evaluation and the use of counterfactual evaluation to estimate the effects of public policies. The course consists of 36 hours of lessons, where the lectures will alternate in group activities in presence.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Attending students

Torrigiani C., 2010, Valutare per apprendere. Capitale sociale e teoria del programma, FrancoAngeli, Milano.

Bezzi C., 2013, Fare ricerca con i gruppi, FrancoAngeli, Milano.

The material on Aulaweb.

Non-attending students

Torrigiani C., 2010, Valutare per apprendere. Capitale sociale e teoria del programma, FrancoAngeli, Milano.

Bezzi C., 2013, Fare ricerca con i gruppi, FrancoAngeli, Milano.

Tomei G., 2016, Valutare gli outcome dei programmi complessi, FrancoAngeli, Milano.

The material on Aulaweb


To review the knowledge and skills acquired in the first year, it is recommended to all students to keep and review the following texts:

Palumbo M., 2002, Il processo di valutazione, FrancoAngeli, Milano.

Bezzi C., 2010, Il nuovo disegno della ricerca valutativa, FrancoAngeli, Milano.

Ferrera M., 2012, Le politiche sociali, Il Mulino, Bologna

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: Only by appointment (claudio.torrigiani@unige.it).

Exam Board

CLAUDIO TORRIGIANI (President)

NADIA RANIA (President)

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Lectures with support of slides that will be uploaded on Aulaweb, presentation and critical discussion of case studies, group works and role playing.

LESSONS START

Second semester of the academic year

ORARI

L'orario di tutti gli insegnamenti è consultabile su EasyAcademy.

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EXAMS

Exam description

The exam is written. The student who passes the written test enters the next call for an oral question and the registration of the vote.

Assessment methods

The written exam is a prerequisite to access to oral exam. Through the written exam, the teacher verifies the acquisition by the student of the fundamental concepts covered in the teaching and the ability to relate to each other, the mastery of the knowledge and the technical language and competence in applying what she/he has learned in real problems. The oral exam is an integration of the written exam.