Lorena Rocca

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Title Prof. Dr.
Family name Rocca
First name(s) Lorena
Date of birth 29-12-1966
Nationality Italian
Academic degree PhD
Current position Head of Research
Institution University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland, (SUPSI),
Department of Teaching and Learning  (DFA)
Mailing address Piazza San Francesco 19, CH-6600 Locarno
Phone number T +41 (0)58 666 68 04
Cell +41 (0)79 598 86 16
F +41 (0)58 666 68 19
Email address lorena.rocca@supsi.ch

PhD: “Man and Environment” University of Padova. Title: “The Territory of the Web – Study of an Online Water Project (December, 2000).

Competences: Won the Italian National Scientific Qualification Competition for associated professor for teaching the course 11/B1 (Human Geography), valid for the period 19 February 2014 to 19 February 2020.

Postdoctoral: Subject area “Earth Sciences”. Title: “The Territory of the Web”. July, 2003.

Degree: in Education, Faculty of Education, University of Padova Pedagogical Studies. Title of thesis: “Environmental Education Online”. June, 1996.

 

Professional and Academic Experience

Date: October 2013 to now
Dipartimento Formazione e Apprendimento (DFA) – Department of Teaching and Learning, Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana (SUPSI) – University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland.
Type of Employment: Lecturer/Researcher (90%). Main Duties and Responsibilities: Head of Research and Lecturer of research training in education.

Date: October 2013 to now 
Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana (SUPSI) – University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland.
Type of Employment: Responsible for the eighth axis of research “Training and educational systems” for the DFA, SUPSI.

Date: 09.2015 to now
Dipartimento Formazione e Apprendimento (DFA) – Department of Teaching and Learning, Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana (SUPSI) – University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland.
Type of Employment: Member of direction of DFA.

Date: 2015-2018 
Erasmus Plus Project
Type of Employment: Pedagogia della cittadinanza e formazione degli insegnanti: un’alleanza tra scuola e territorio (Citizenship pedagogy and teacher education: an alliance between school, territory, community – STEP School Territory Environment Pedagogy).
Main Duties and Responsibilities: Action Coordinator for Swiss

Date: 2015-2018 
Accessibilità musei.
Main Duties and Responsibilities: Senior Researcher

Date: September 2010-  December 2012
Region of Veneto (Italy)
Type of Employment: Participation in the project “Riambientiamoci (Let’s Reposition Ourselves): New Lifestyles, Rights and Cultures” which won the tender of the Veneto Region (L.R. no. 55/1999).
Main Duties and Responsibilities: Lecturer and Scientific Advisor

Date: September 2009 to 2013
Municipality of Padova (IT)
Type of Employment: Contract with the educational services sector for the coordination and organization of geography workshops aimed at first degree nursery, primary and secondary schools of the city of Padova in courses “Vivipadova: A classroom as big as your city”. Each year about 600 students and 60 teachers participated.
Main Duties and Responsibilities: Scientific and Organizational Coordinato

Date: 2009-2010 
FEEM Venice Office
Type of Employment: Participation in the project “Tourism in Parks and Protected Areas – ECO-TOUR”, Main Duties and Responsibilities: Senior Researcher

Date: January 2007 
Gennaio 2009, FEEM Venice Office
Type of Employment: Participation in the project ISAAC – Integrated e-Services for Advanced Access to Heritage in Cultural Tourist Destinations (action funded within the EU – project contract number FP6-IST-2006-035130).
http://www.feem-project.net/isaac/
Main Duties and Responsibilities: Senior Researcher

Date: May 2002-December 2007
FEEM Venice Office
Type of Employment: Coordinator of Research Group for Project PANDORA “Participatory Networks and Databases fOr environmental Research and Assessment – Pilot study of the Venetian community” – http://www.feem.it for the Eni Enrico Mattei Foundation.
Main Duties and Responsibilities: Coordinator of researcher team

Date, 2011-2012 
University of Cologne
Type of Employment: Visiting Professor,
Main Duties and Responsibilities: Teaching and research: Technologies for education, scenarios and perspectives. With  Doctor Giovanni Donadelli and Professor Daniela Schmeinck (Universität zu Köln – Institut für Didaktik des Sachunterrichts).

Date: January 2011 
University of Padova, “PhD School of historical, geographical and historical-religious Studies”, course “Human and Physical Geography”,
Type of Employment: Vice Coordinator

Date, 2012 to now
University of Padova
Type of Employment: Senior Researcher

Date: 20012 to now  
University of Padova
Type of Employment: Participation in the working group coordinated by Professor Salvatore Soresi and Professor Laura Nota of “La.RIOS – Laboratory of Research and Participation for the Orientation of Choices – University of Padova, Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialization”.

Date: 20012 to now
University of Padova
Type of Employment: Establishment of an interdepartmental working group which has the objective of researching the beliefs of teachers; the effects of beliefs on performance; emotional processes and well-being; focus on the positive; strategic and emotional-motivational aspects of learning. Collaboration is with Professor Francesca Pazzaglia and Doctor Moè of the Department of General Psychology of the University of Padova.

Date, 2011 to 2014 
University of Padova
Type of Employment: Coordinator of the research project, funded by the University of Padova, “Educational courses in history and geography for a European citizenship – International Comparisons”. The aim is to refine, share and make available to the academic and educational communities, operational tools and practical strategies for teaching history and geography and citizenship education based on a system of expertise, with particular focus on learning styles in problematic classes.
Main Duties and Responsibilities: Coordinator of research.

Date, 2013 to Now 
University of Padova and DFA –SUPSI Locarno,  Discovering acoustic places for a landscape education.
Main Duties and Responsibilities: Coordinator of research.

Date, 2010
Universidade de Caxias do Sul, Brazil
Type of Employment: Visiting Professor
Main Duties and Responsibilities: Coordinator of the research project “Regional identity and social responsibility as a value of Serra Gaucha fashion”. A series of lectures on the issues of sustainable development in relation to the fashion industry.

Date, 2009
Universität Würzburg
Type of Employment: Visiting Professor
Main Duties and Responsibilities: Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg in Germany, with Sonia Ziliotto and Professor Dieter Böhn. Research, international benchmarking, centred on the teaching of geography with a special focus on sustainability.

Date, 2006 to now
University of Padova, “Sciences of Primary Education”
Type of Employment: Adjunct Teacher of “Geography” and “The Teaching of Geography” and reference person  for teaching discipline.

Date, 2005-2007 
University of Padova,
Type of Employment: Participation in the university project – “Landscape and territory: an evaluation of sustainability”.
Main Duties and Responsibilities: Researcher

 

Other Activities

Referee with the system of a double-blind trial of the contribution for the Eighth National Congress of SIRD “Learning by Teaching”, which was held in Salerno on 11/12/13 December 2014.

Member of the register of assessors (15 March 2014) Italian Book Association. http://www.100newslibri.it/site/2014/02/12/nasce-lalbo-dei-valutatori-dellassociazione-italiana-del-libro/

Member of the Teaching Committee of the Degree Course in Primary Education Sciences and of the Commission of the Department of Geographical and Historical Sciences of Antiquity.

Member of the Research Group of the Association of Italian Geographers – AGEI – “Geography of the Information Society”.

Member of the “European Association of Geographers (EUROGEO)”.

Member of the scientific committee of the “International Symposium on Contemporary Trends in Teaching and Learning Geography” (17-18 November 2012, Cluj-Napoca, Romania).

Referee for the draft of proceedings of the International Conference on Computational Science and Its Applications, held in Ho Chi Minh City, June 24-27, 2013

Referee of the magazine J-Reading – Journal of Research and Didactics in Geography

On the scientific committee at the “International Conference of Contemporary Trends in Teaching and Learning Geography 12–13  October 2013, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, the 9th Edition.

On the Scientific Committee of the National Conference “Disciplinary teaching in the university education of teachers – The challenge of learning”, Padova, 18-19 May 2012. In particular, I coordinated the parallel session on the teaching of history and geography. The proceedings of this section have been printed.

On the Scientific Committee of the International Conference “Whose are the Alps? Political, economic and cultural belonging in the alpine world of today”, Agordo 22-24 September 2011, coordinating the activities available to schools.

Member of the editorial board of the “Romanian Review of Geographical Education”.

Supervisor of texts for the magazine “Notebooks of Ph.D.” – QD – ISSN 2039-1951 ISBN 987 88 6129 811 8” from 2007 to 2010.

 

Most significant publications over the past five years

Rocca L., Zavagna P. (2015) Percorsi educativi sui paesaggi sonori, Michi, F. (a cura di) Per chi suona il paesaggio, atti del II meeting FKL Italia, Fratini editore, p.125-147.

Rocca L., Chiarullo L., Morseletto P. and Donadelli G., (2015) Using Participatory Processes with Young People for the Definition of Cultural Heritage: A Case Study of Genoa.Edited by Rafael de Miguel González and Karl Donert Innovative Learning Geography in Europe: New Challenges for the 21st Century, Cambridge Scholars Publishing pp. 141-163.

Moe A.̀, Donadelli G. and Rocca L. (2014) Why is Geography so Pleasurable and Useful? In Schmeinck, D., Lidstone, J. (Hrsg.) (erscheint 2014): Standards and Research in Geography Education – Current Trends and International Issues. Berlin.

Rocca L. (2013) “I GeoBlog: strumenti per una “cartografia aumentata”, Bollettino A.I.C., n, 147/2013, pp. 17-39.

Rocca L. (2013) Le impronte del paesaggio sonoro: un’opportunità per la didattica della storia e della geografia, Ri-Vista ricerche per la progettazione del paesaggio Dottorato di Ricerca in Progettazione Paesistica I Facoltà di Architettura I Università degli Studi di Firenze gennaio-giugno 2013 I ISSN1724-6768 I Firenze University Press I http://www.fupress.net/index.php/ri-vista/article/download/17232/16060.