Learning outcomes of the course unit
- To expand knowledge related to the specific subject area
- To increase the ability to collect and interpret data
- To promote communication and learning abilities
Course contents summary
The aim of the course is to provide students with adequate knowledge of
the theoretical and methodological foundations of developmental psychology. It is expected that students become
able to identify the key concepts underlying the various theories of
development in connection with appropriate methodologies. Specifically
we expect students: discuss the key processes and four stages in
Piaget’s theory; identify the main concepts in Vygotskij’s theory compare
it with and Piaget’s theory; define attachment and describe its rule
systems; describe how attachment develops; discuss the biological and
environmental contributions to emotion and thinking development;
evaluate how emotion and cognition are linked.
Particular attention will be given to methods of developmental
assessment and children’s observation.
The first lessons cover topics of a general nature: you will examine the major theories and research methods most commonly used to study psychological development. In the second part of the course will also address issues relating to the evolution of various basic psychological functions such as emotion, attention, perception, and the development of cognitive, linguistic, emotional and social.
In the third part of the course will also address issues related to social development in infancy, early and middle childhood, adolescence, and some psychological problems specific to different age groups.
Santrock, J. W. (2017). Psicologia dello sviluppo. Milano: Mc Graw-Hill
• Frontal lessons
Assessment methods and criteria
The test includes a written exam with 4 open questions.
The exam is approved if the candidate
obtains the vote of 18 in the open questions.
The evaluation of open questions is based on the following criteria:
1) Content skills or how detailed the candidate addresses the topic: up to
2) Exposing skills, or how precise is the language used by the candidate
to expose the concepts: up to 10 points
3) Argumentative skills, that is how consistent and logical is the
concatenation of the concepts exposed: up to 10 points
The final grade will be given by the sum between the different parts
of the task.