MORI Arianna
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MORI Arianna
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Psychology of Development and Psychology of Education
First semester
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Learning outcomes of the course unit

- To expand knowledge related to the specific subject area
- To expand knowledge and ability of theoretical and applied understanding
- To increase the ability to collect and interpret data
- To promote communication skills
- To promote learning abilities
- To promote independent judgment

Course contents summary

Main theories and most common investigation methods in developmental psychology. Evolution of different psychic basic functions and development of cognitive, linguistic and social competences. Social development in infancy, early and middle childhood and adolescence. Examination of some specific developmental disorders. Further analysis of the topic of maltreatment in the evolutionary age and possible outcomes on the child's psychological development.

Course contents

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. Finally, the theme of child maltreatment will be addressed, with particular attention to risk and protection factors from possible psychological consequences and protection and recovery interventions.

Recommended readings

1) Camaioni, L., Di Blasio, P. (2007). Psicologia dello sviluppo. Ed. Il Mulino (2^edizione)

2) Di Blasio, P. (2000). Psicologia del bambino maltrattato. Ed. Il Mulino

1CFU: 50-60 pages

Teaching methods

• Frontal lessons
• Video
• Seminars
• Exercises
• Cases discussion

The teaching material used during the lessons (slides) will be uploaded to Elly weekly.
The teacher is available for any clarification during and at the beginning and end of the lesson and by appointment

Assessment methods and criteria

The assessment of learning will take place through a one hour written exam consisting of a series of multiple choice questions, with four alternative answers. The exam is passed if the student correctly answers 60% of the questions (corresponding to a vote of 18/30).