Research and Project Seminar
Cod: 12170
Department: DEED
Scientific area: Education Sciences
Total working hours: 182
Total contact time: 26

The main objective of the Research and Project Seminar is to provide students with the conceptual and operational tools essential for the preparation of their dissertation or project work.
 The curricular unit presents a learning path in which students build their knowledge in a collaborative and reflective way, critically sharing and debating with colleagues and the teacher.
 Students are challenged to evaluate and ponder the implications of their options, both theoretical and methodological, in the context of the specificity of the chosen research work: dissertation or project work.

Work Project
Critical reflection

 Identify different types of research work (dissertation and project);
- Define the type of work to be developed considering the theme, the research questions and the objectives to be achieved;
- Design a methodological framework (identifying methodologies, tools and techniques for data analysis) appropriate to the problem, research questions and objectives;
- Critically analyze thematic and methodological proposals;
- Develop a work plan (dissertation or project) taking into account the defined steps.

THEME 1 - Foundational concepts: Research trajectories
THEME 2 - Emerging research scenarios in Education and School Librarianship
THEME 3 - Methodological design and its rationale (formulation of a problem, research questions and objectives, collection and methods of data analysis)
THEME 4 - Preparation of the dissertation or project plan.

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Evaluation is made on individual basis and it involves the coexistence of two modes: continuous assessment (60%) and final evaluation (40%). Further information is detailed in the Learning Agreement of the course unit.