58762 - Psychology of Development and Education

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

Good health and well-being Quality education Gender equality

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students will acquire basic knowledge with regards to:

- typical and atypical developmental processes in the physical, cognitive, emotional, and relational domains

- methods and techniques to assess and evalutae developmental processes

- strategies to integrate developmental knowledge in the design and implementation of educational and rehabilitation projects.

Course contents

The course will take place in the second semester (from March to May 2021) at Palazzo Vespignani, Imola.

This course is part of the Integrated Course "INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS: THE PSYCHOPEDAGOGICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL AND CLINICAL PROSPECTIVE", composed of 3 courses: Clinical Psychology, Developmental and Educational Psychology and General Psychology.

This course will address selected topics of developmental psychology and educational psychology useful to enable future Professional Educators to understand the fundamental aspects of human psychological development. The cognitive and methodological aspects of contemporary developmental psychology will be explored in depth, in order to favour the acquisition of a common language that favours, in perspective, the possibility for educators to cooperate effectively within multidisciplinary teams that also include psychological figures.
In detail, the following themes will be explored in the lessons:
- Developmental life cycle psychology;
- the methodological basis of research in the study of child development;
- prenatal development;
- cognitive development;
- developmental contexts and educational psychology.


The lessons, supplemented by the materials provided for the lessons, are considered necessary for exam preparation.

The materials will be available through the Online Student Platform (link in the menu at the top right of this page).

The reference text is:
Santrock, J.W. Psicologia dello sviluppo McGrawHill -  English version: Santrock, J.W. Child development: An introduction. McGrawHill


IV ed.: chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, par. 7.3.4, 10.2, 11.3, 12.3.5

III ed.: chapters 1, 2, 3, 5, par. 10.2, 12.3.5, 14.2

Teaching methods

The lectures will be held in presence  (except in case new indications related to the containment of the Coronavirus pandemic emerge).

The course will take the form of frontal lectures with discussions and watching videos.

Assessment methods

The Integrated Course "INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS: THE PSYCHOPEDAGICAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL AND CLINICAL PROSPECTIVE" provides that each course has a final examination in thirtieths. The passing of the 3 tests will result in a single grade consisting of the rounded average of the 3 grades obtained (rounded to the nearest whole number)

Final exam: an oral examination lasting about 15/20 minutes and including 3 questions. The assessment will follow the following criteria: 

0 points: missing answer or completely incorrect answer (e.g. out of the question);
1-4 points: partially coherent but not sufficiently developed answer, or coexistence of correct and markedly incorrect elements;
5-8 points: answer partly correct but not exhaustive, or superficial, or lack of clear logical links between the concepts presented;
10 points: answer from basically to completely correct, exhaustive and well argued.
Bonus: if all the answers are given in a particularly clear, exhaustive manner and with an argument that shows full mastery of the argument, a bonus of 1 point is added to the total score of the task (in the case of tasks rated 30/30, the bonus allows you to achieve praise: Lode).

NB: Students with disabilities or specific learning disorders can contact the teacher and the Student Service with Disabilities and DSA of the University (http://www.studentidisabili.unibo.it/ ) to agree on suitable teaching and assessment methods.


Teaching tools

  • Power point presentations
  • Videos

Office hours

See the website of Maria Cristina Matteucci