Starting from the empirical approach that characterises research in education, the course will teach students to:

- learn and understand lifelong learning procedures through the study of research on adult education;

- apply qualitative and quantitative research projects aiming at studying adult education;

- make autonomous judgements on the interpretation of the research results;

- be able to explain the results of research to specialists and non-specialists;

- study and learn in an autonomous way models and procedures for adult education.


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"Experimental Education. Models and procedures for adult education" is a course for the students of "SEAFC" master's degree and is composed of a basic course (36 hours of lessons, 6 ECTS), a laboratory (18 hours of lesson, 3 ECTS) and a seminar (18 hours of lesson, 3 ECTS).
The course main objective is to teach students the theoretical and procedural aspects of research in adult education. Through the analysis of research in adult education, the course will focus on the historical and theoretical bases of experimental education from the origin until now; on the procedures for defining the research field, the methods and the data collecting tools, the data analysis and interpretation, the procedures for a critical revision of the hypotheses.
The laboratory and the seminar are integral parts of the course. The first will focus on international research on adult literacy; the latter will be devoted to reading and commenting on a classical text on education.
The whole course (lessons + laboratory + seminar) is worth 12 ECTS.

Core Documentation

- for the lessons:
o C. Angelini, "Apprendere ad apprendere e capacità di comprensione della lettura. Il caso degli studenti adulti della Facoltà di Scienze della formazione dell'Università Roma Tre", Roma, Nuova Cultura, 2010.
o B. Vertecchi, "Manuale della valutazione. Analisi degli apprendimenti e dei contesti", Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2003. Only the last section, G. Agrusti (ed.), "Laboratorio di valutazione".
o In order for students to pass the exam, it is necessary to study also the materials that will be available on http://formonline.uniroma3.it/, in the private area. The login codes will be communicated both during the lessons and on the professor's web page.

- for the laboratory:
o B. Vertecchi (2014), "Percorsi di ricerca educativa. Gli editoriali di Cadmo", Milano, Angeli, pp. 41-59.
o G. Di Francesco (2014), PIAAC-OCSE. Rapporto nazionale sulle competenze degli adulti. ISFOL.
o OECD (2013), OECD Skills Outlook 2013: First Results from the Survey of Adult Skills. OECD Publishing.

Study materials for individual exercises will be provided by the professor.

- for the seminar:
o B. F. Skinner, "Tecnologia dell'insegnamento", prefazione di Pier Cesare Revoltella, Brescia: Editrice Morcelliana, 2019.

Type of delivery of the course

Should the Covid-19 emergency be prolonged, the course organisation will be restructured according to the situation and, if necessary, all the activities will be conducted through online platforms.

Type of evaluation

The final exam will be a multiple choice test, lasting 90 minutes, and composed of 90 questions concerning the whole programme. Should the Covid-19 emergency be prolonged, there will be only an oral exam through the online platform Teams.