Learning outcomes of the course unit
Aim of the course is to prepare students to work within the school contexts. In particular, they will be introduced to research work, to students’ and teachers’ services and to organizational activities. In all of these cases, the students will acquire competences and professional methods.
Course contents summary
The course is aimed at offering students a critical and exhaustive picture concerning the contribution of psychology to the school contexts and of the professional role of school psychologists. In particular, it will focus on three areas. First, the status of art of international and national research on school psychology will be presented and discussed. Second, the characteristics, organization and activities of school services will be explored. Third, the competences required to school psychologists will be described, with an emphasis on cognitive, relational and organizational competences.
Students who will attend the lessons will work on texts books suggested during class work.
For all other students, the text book is:
Trombetta, C. (2011) (a cura di). Lo psicologo scolastico. Trento, Erickson.
Lessons will be partly conducted through teacher’s explanations and will partly comprehend a series of individual and group tasks concerning cases of projects of school psychology.
Assessment methods and criteria
The students who will follow the course will have the opportunity to take the exam through multiple tasks during the course itself. For the students who do not follow the lessons, the exam will consist in an oral interview. In both cases, tasks will evaluate the students’ knowledge and their skills in applying knowledge to the school contexts.