Course info

Course Overview

This course in general pedagogy enables you to gain an understanding of pedagogical theories, models and practices in the context of lifelong learning.  The course looks at the main aspects of social and pedagogical research from the post-war years to the present day, with a focus on learning as a continuous process, education for social growth, inclusion and emancipation, educational agency and educational practices. 

Learning Objectives

This MOOC is based on a connectivist model, according to which learning, and in particular, learning through digital media, occurs as a result of building connections that must be continuously updated and maintained, as well as enhanced and developed. For this reason, the ability to identify connections between different fields, ideas and concepts is the primary resource for the learning and should be developed through the construction of knowledge pathways that revolve around the conceptual issues.


The course will equip students with the basic elements relating to the most relevant issues in general and social educational research from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day.

Acknowledgment: this MOOC has been realized by the University of Naples Federico II thanks to its Federica WebLearning Project

Course Structure

  • Lesson 1 - Pedagogy, within the framework of learning sciences
  • Lesson 2 - Pedagogy as part of empirical and critical/theoretical research
  • Lesson 3 - Empirical research in pedagogy
  • Lesson 4 - Theoretical / critical research in education
  • Lesson 5 - The objects of research in education
  • Lesson 6 - Epistemology of empirical research in pedagogy
  • Lesson 7 - The methods of pedagogical research: The methods of empirical research and qualitative


Maura Striano

Maura Striano is Professor of General and Social Pedagogy. She graduated in Philosophy with top marks and followed this up with a Fulbright at Montclair State University (USA) and a PhD in Educational Sciences at the University of Perugia. Maura Striano is Head of the Pedagogy section of the University Centre for Active Student Inclusion and Participation (Sinapsi) and also heads the CPD course in Philosophy for Children, theory and methodology (


Natascia Palmina D'Amico

Natascia Palmina D’Amico has a degree in Social, Political and Public Communication from the University of Naples Federico II. Her thesis was in Media Education, with a focus on video in education. Since then her studies and her research has been mostly about Moocs. She is very interested in creativity, art and communications. She is currently working as a research fellow for EMMA project, collaborating actively in  video making and learning design.