03079 - Developmental Psychology

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  • Teacher Carlo Tomasetto

  • Credits 8

  • SSD M-PSI/04

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Cesena

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Psychological sciences and techniques (cod. 8774)

  • Course Timetable from Sep 20, 2021 to Nov 30, 2021

SDGs

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 are expected:
a) to know the main theories and methodologies of research;
b) to identify the main phases of life span and the contextual conditions for their acquisition;
c) to know the main techniques of research and for gathering data about human development.

Course contents

The course will take place during the second semester (from February to May 2021) at the Cesena Campus of the School of Psychology and Education (address: p.za A. Moro, 90 Cesena, FC).

The course will address the main themes of human development, outlining the basic theoretical and methodological aspects based on classical and contemporary perspectives. Particular attention will be devoted to some key concepts related to continuity and discontinuity of development, methodologidcal issues, and the interplay between biological determinants and social influences. During the course,research techniques used to study developmental processes will be presented. In this way, students will understand what doing research in developmental psychology means, and the solutions adopted by scholars to overcome potential criticisms.

In detail, the course will address the following basic topics in typical and atypical human development:
- historical and methodological foundations of developmental psychology

- genetic factors and contextual factors in the development

- pre-natal development

- physical, motor, and perceptual development

- cognitive development

- language development

- socio-emotional and relational development

Further, the course will deepen the methodological and ethical foundation of psychological assessment in the first years of life. I will also present some of the most commonly used tools for the direct and indirect assessment of cognitive, emotional, ans social development in early childhood.

Readings/Bibliography

Compulsory readings for the final examination:

  • Santrock, J. W., Deater-Deckard, K., Lansford, J. E., &
    Rollo, D. (2021). Psicologia dello sviluppo. McGraw-Hill (4a Ed.). Chapters from 1 to 11.

Exchange students or students with other-than-Italian languages as L1 may choose to undertake their final exam in English or French. The original edition of the textbook in English can be used as well:

  • Santrock, J. W., Deater-Deckard, K., Lansford, J. E. (2021). Child Development. McGraw-Hil.

 

Teaching methods

The course will be held in the form of in-presence lectures.
During the lectures examples of behavior of children will be presented and tools used to gather data in field and experimental research will be shown.

Assessment methods

EXAMS WILL BE HELD IN THE FORM OF AN ORAL INTERVIEW.

The final evaluation aims to verify the achievement of the course's objectives: a) acquisition of knowledge about the main theories and methodologies of research; b) being able to identify the main phases of life span and the contextual conditions for their acquisition; c) acquisition of knowledge about the the main techniques of research and for gathering data about human development.
The final evaluation aims to verify the achievement of the course's objectives: a) knowing the main theories and methodologies of research;
b) identifying the main phases of life span and the contextual conditions for their acquisition;
c) knowing the main techniques of research and for gathering data about human development.

Teaching tools

During the lectures, slides and video clips on wide screen will be projected and discussed. The slides will be available to students on the University's web platform Virtuale (specific directions will be given during class and also made available by email).

Office hours

See the website of Carlo Tomasetto