72639 - Psychology of Socio-Cognitive Development

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

At the end of the training activity, the student: a) knows the main theoretical approaches on the topic of lifelong learning; b) is able to use survey tools in educational and training situations; c) is able to analyze educational intervention proposals addressed to groups and individuals.

Course contents

Both modules are in strict continuity with the course of Developmental Psychology (I year), with respect to which some themes will be taken up again to be deepened. The integration of Courses / Modules, in the field of Developmental Psychology and Education, offers students the opportunity to build connections between disciplines, methods and research themes.


Teaching Module 1: prof.sa Patrizia Selleri (30 hours)

Lessons will take place in the first semester (from 21 Septemb

er 2020 to 22 October 2020). The course is for third year students. The lessons will be held at the Department's spaces in the CAMPUS DI CESENA Cesena (FC), Room B, Piazza Aldo Moro, 90 and also online. The contents of the module will propose the following themes: - relationship between culture, development and learning

- the historical-cultural perspective

- the socioconstructivist perspective and the reflection on the results of the researches

- formal development in a psychosocial perspective

- social interaction, negotiation, argumentation



Teaching Module 2: prof. Elvis Mazzoni (30 hours)
The course is aimed at third-year students. Classes will take place in the first semester (from 26 October 2020 to 26 November 2020), in the seat of Department of Psychology at the Campus of Cesena (FC), and also online.
The module will propose the following contents:: - From Piaget to Papert: constructivism and constructionism
- From Vygotskij to Leont’ev: zone of proximal development and functional organs
- The effects of digital technologies on socio-cognitive development
- Networked Flow: digital technologies and creative networks
- Developmental Robotics - Example of the use of robots to develop knowledge and skills in children


Teachinh Module1: prof.ssa Patrizia Selleri

 Selleri P., Carugati F. (2020). Introduzione alla Psicologia dell'educazione, Bologna, Il Mulino; capp. 1-2-3-4;

-4 papers on relevant topics will be given at the beginning of the course

Teaching Module 2: prof. Elvis Mazzoni

Benvenuti M. e Mazzoni E. (2019). Developmental Technologies: Evoluzione Tecnologica e Sviluppo Umano. Apogeo Education.

Cangelosi, A. e Di Nuovo, S. (2017). La mente simulata: Intelligenza artificiale e robot nella vita quotidiana. Giunti Editori

Teaching methods

For both modules are scheduled: theoretical lectures, presentation and discussion of videos, integrative seminars and short exercises in the classroom.

Assessment methods

The final exam, common to both modules, will take place in writing and will last 2 hours and 30 minutes, and will be divided into two parts:

- The first part consists of 15 multiple-choice questions, with 4 alternative answers. Each correct answer is worth 2 points; no penalties for errors are foreseen. The questions are aimed at ascertaining the knowledge of the basics presented during the two modules.

- The second part is composed of 4 open-ended questions chosen among the 6 proposals by the teachers. Each answer to the open questions gets a maximum of 7.5 points, for a total score of 30 points. The questions are aimed at ascertaining the knowledge of specific topics covered in the texts and / or during the two modules.

ATTENTION: The test is considered passed if and only if a sufficient evaluation is obtained in both parts: the final evaluation derives from the average of the evaluations obtained in the first and second part, provided that both are sufficient.

Teaching tools

video clips


Office hours

See the website of Patrizia Selleri

See the website of Elvis Mazzoni