73347 - LABORATORIO DI FORMAZIONE PROFESSIONALE PER L'EDUCATORE NEI SERVIZI PER L'INFANZIA I (G.F)

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Academic Year 2017/2018

Learning outcomes

At the end of the workshop the student: 

- knows the methodological techniques of observation of behaviour;

- is able to apply observational techniques to the evaluation of educational projects;

- can realize materials and documentation functional to the knowledge of various educational contexts;

- is able to integrate his/her knowledge and his/her own instruments with the tools of other disciplines.

Course contents

The course will describe the main observational techniques in developmental psychology: narrative descriptions, coding system, checklists, rating scales and questionnaires. Furthermore, the course will present some observational tools that can be used by students on the workplace. Both in reference to the description of the general characteristics of the observational method and in relation to the instruments, several exercises and activities will be carried out in the classroom in order to allow the students to apply the techniques of observation.

Readings/Bibliography

Suggested readings.

General characteristics of the observational method:

Baumgartner, E. (2004). L'osservazione del comportamento infantile. Teorie e strumenti con CD-rom. Roma: Carocci.

Camaioni, L., Aureli, T., Perucchini, P. (2004). Osservare e valutare il comportamento infantile. Bologna: il Mulino (chapters 1 e 2).


Observational tools:

1) Monaci, M.G., Trentin, R. (2008). Gli alunni rom/sinti nella scuola media: effetti del contatto sull'atteggiamento etnico nelle classi multiculturali. Giornale Italiano di Psicologia, XXXV, 933-958.

2) Montirosso, R., Frigeri, A., Molteni, M., Cozzi, P., Pastore, V., Borgatti, R., Lafreniere, P. (2007). Competenza sociale e profilo comportamentale in un gruppo di bambini in età prescolare. Psicologia Clinica dello Sviluppo, XI, 477-500.

3) Marzocchi, G.M., Cornoldi, C. (2000). Una scala di facile uso per la rilevazione dei comportamenti problematici dei bambini con deficit di attenzione e iperattività. Psicologia Clinica dello Sviluppo, IV, 43-63.

4) Crugnola, C.R., Arbizzati, A., Caprin, C., Gazzotti, S. (2010). Stili di interazione e di regolazione tra madre e bambino e attaccamento materno.Psicologia Clinica dello Sviluppo, XIV, 503- 526.

5) Corsaro, W.A., Molinari, L. (1999). La famiglia, i compagni, la scuola: il metodo etnografico per lo studio dei contesti di sviluppo. Etnosistemi, VI, 62-75. 

Teaching methods

Several classroom exercises will propose through the presentation of videos and observational protocols.

The classroom exercises are particularly important to understand the observation techniques through their application, discussing the difficulties and advantages and limitations of each method of observation.


Assessment methods

Assessment method consists of the application of a technique of observation (for example, the student may be asked to comment an observational protocol, a coding scheme or to draw up a narrative observation while watching a video).

Teaching tools

Videos will show in the classroom to practice the use of observation techniques.


Office hours

See the website of Annalisa Guarini