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METHODOLOGY AND TECHNIQUE OF APPLIED SOCIAL RESEARCH

CODE 80265
ACADEMIC YEAR 2020/2021
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
MODULES This unit is a module of:
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

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.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

1. Consolidate the knowledge of the concepts related to the evaluation of social and educational policies.

2. To know specifically some approaches to evaluation and to know how to apply them to concrete cases.

3. Consolidate the knowledge and experiment the social research and evaluation techniques already discussed in the first year of the master's degree.

4. Know and experiment new techniques of social and evaluative research.

5. Know some concepts and be able to apply some basic techniques of social statistics.

At the end of the course the student, in light of the need to evaluate an intervention in the social and / or educational field, must be able to: a) ask evaluation questions, b) analyze the objectives of the intervention and its mode of implementation , c) sketching an evaluation research design by identifying the most appropriate approach and techniques for the case, d) building evaluation indicators and being able to assign them differential values, e) construct tools for data collection, f) perform elementary analyzes of frequency distribution, g) prefigure the possible use of the data collected and analyzed.

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

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

Exam Board

NADIA RANIA (President)

CLAUDIO TORRIGIANI (President Substitute)

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

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

For non-attending students the exam consists of a written test and an oral test. The written test consists of a test with 30 closed-ended questions, lasting 40 minutes in total, which is held on the platform https://esami.aulaweb.unige.it/. The evaluation of the test, in 30ths, is carried out by subtracting 0.7 points for each incorrect or missing answer. Only those who have passed the test, at the next session [NB], can take the oral test, evaluated in 30ths. The final mark consists of the average of the two marks.

NB: the student who, having passed the test, does not take the oral exam at the next useful session, must repeat the test.

 

For attending students [NB1] it is possible to use the modality foreseen for non attending students, and to carry out the intermediate tests that will be held during the course of the teaching with methods that will be explained in class. Each intermediate test will be evaluated in 30ths. If equal to or greater than 18/30 [NB2], the average of these tests allows the student to access the oral test by the summer session (between May and September 2021) [NB3]. The oral exam is evaluated in 30ths. The final mark consists of the average of the two marks.

NB1: students who attend lessons of 65% or more are considered attending.

NB2: Students who do not reach an average of 18/30 with intermediate tests must take the exam in the manner prescribed for non-attending students.

NB3: The student who with the intermediate tests reaches an average of 18/30 and does not take the oral test within the summer session, will have to take the exam in the manner prescribed for non-attending students.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The written test is preparatory for access to the oral test.

Through the writing, the teacher verifies the student's acquisition of the fundamental concepts dealt with during the course, the ability to relate them to each other, the mastery of notions and technical language.

Through the oral exam, the teacher verifies the student's ability to discuss what has been learned and his competence in applying these learnings to real problems.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
07/01/2021 09:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
21/01/2021 09:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
11/02/2021 09:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
20/05/2021 09:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
08/06/2021 15:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
21/06/2021 09:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
15/07/2021 09:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
09/09/2021 16:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale