Action and Research Metholology in Social Gerentology

Base Knowledge


Teaching Methodologies

Classes take a dynamic character, incorporating: 1) combination of magistral lessons, combining systematized knowledge and information with critical analysis, based on scientific articles; 2) the design of techniques for data collection, following an active methodology; 3) data analysis, supported by specific software.
Students may opt for one of the two evaluation forms: Continuing or Final Exam. The learning evaluation during classes (continuing) consists at two knowledge examinations (individual), and a practical work (group work), all with the same weights at the final grade. Final Exam consists at a test about all the summarized syllabus (100% of the grade).

Learning Results

1. To know, master and apply the procedures and methods of qualitative/quantitative research, particularly of action research, at gerontological contexts:

• To identify research problems and design a research and an action project;

• To select the most appropriate research design;

• To select the universe and the sample;

• To select, use and/ or design appropriate quantitative/ qualitative data collection techniques;

• To analyze quantitative / qualitative data, using specialized software;

• To interpret the collected information and communicate research results to different audiences;

• To solve problems and introduce into daily practice both the results of its own reflective research practice, and the results of scientific studies and research;

2. To develop a critical awareness of research results conducted either by other researchers, either by his/ her own.


1. Quantitative Research/ Experimental and Qualitative Research: models of knowledge.

1.1. Experimental Investigation, Non Experimental and Quasi-Experimental; Survey; Mixed Methods Research.

1.2. Qualitative research: the Case Study, Action Research and Life Stories.

2. Historical and theoretical nature of Action Research:

2.1. The process of action research: how to structure a research project / intervention / evaluation: steps and procedures.

2.2. Credibility / validity of Action Research.

3. Sampling techniques.

4. Quantitative and qualitative collection data techniques (from choice to design).

5. Treatment and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data based on specific software.

Curricular Unit Teachers

Grading Methods

  • - Written test - 100.0%
Continuing Evaluation
  • - group work - 33.33%
  • - test 1 - 33.33%
  • - test 2 - 33.33%




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