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DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY FOR THE PRESCHOOL AGE

CODE 98299
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 10 cfu during the 3nd year of 10841 SCIENZE DELL'EDUCAZIONE E DELLA FORMAZIONE (L-19) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-PSI/04
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    MODULES This unit is a module of:
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course aims to provide: - knowledge of cognitive and emotional-relational development on the first three years of life; - elements to understand the mechanisms of change and the mutual influences between the different domains of individual functioning; - methodological skills about the development observation in the educational contexts.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    AIMS: a) Providing a theoretical and methodological framework of reference for the study of developmental processes; b) promoting knowledge of psychological development, of the processes and mechanisms underlying it, of the causes determining it.

    Specific Learning outcomes

    The course aims to make to acquire knowledge and skills related to the main stages of development in preschool and some useful observational tools for educational settings.

    Learning outcomes

    Knowledge and understanding: Students must acquire adequate knowledge and an effective ability to understand psychological development from birth to early childhood.
    Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: Students must be able to apply the acquired knowledge and to understand any problematic situations for the development
    Making judgments: Students must be able to use, on a conceptual and operational level, in educational contexts the acquired knowledge.
    Communication skills: Students must acquire the technical language to communicate clearly and unambiguously with specialist and non-specialist interlocutors.
    Learning skills: Students must develop adequate learning skills that allow them to continue to deepen independently the main topics of the discipline, especially in the working contexts in which they will operate.

    TEACHING METHODS

    The course will take place through lectures, group exercises, and individual exercises to be carried out using Aulaweb

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    The main stages of development will be discussed, with particular reference to the development of perceptual skills, cognitive, linguistic, and relational in infancy and early childhood. A reflection on the educational challenges to aspects of the development will be carried out. The monographic part of the course will consist of two texts focused on the regulation processes development and with suggestions for implementing educational activities.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Attending and non-attending students have to prepare for the exam in these texts:

    A.E. Berti e L. Surian, Fondamenti di psicologia dello sviluppo e dell'educazione. La prima infanzia, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2022.

    M.C. Usai, L. Traverso, P. Viterbori, V. De Franchis, 2012, Diamoci una regolata! Guida pratica per promuovere l’autoregolazione a casa e a scuola, Milano, Angeli,

    M. Malacrida (2021), Educare alle emozioni. Strumenti operativi per aiutare i bambini a conoscere e regolare il proprio mondo emotivo. Milano, Angeli.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    1st semester

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Multiple-choice and open questions written test. If necessary, the written test could be followed by an oral exam.

     

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    For all students, the exam includes a written test with multiple-choice questions on the program. The test is intended to assess understanding of the topics covered in class, the acquired knowledge, and the ability to use this information in the developmental observation. 

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Students with certified learning disabilities can contact the teacher for any measures aimed at supporting the learning process.
    Foreign students may contact the teacher to substitute the suggested bibliography in Italian with books or articles in English. In addition, they may take the exam in English.