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Giacomo Mancini

Associate Professor

Department of Education Studies "Giovanni Maria Bertin"

Academic discipline: M-PSI/08 Clinical Psychology

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Course contents, text books and teaching materials

In the course unit catalogue you can find a syllabus (learning outcomes, course contents, teaching methods and tools, etc.) and the list of books and texts for study (bibliography/readings), for each course unit.

Before purchasing text books, wait for the start of lessons and follow the instructions given by the professor. You may purchase teaching materials in the bookshop or borrow them from the library. To search for books and materials please visit the Library Portal [] .


Assessment method: the examination consists in producing a brief report and two annotated abstracts in Word format (font size 11, line spacing 1.5).

1. Brief report (3-5 pages long) on a topic that is consistent with the learning objectives of the course programme, drafted in an original manner, and following a scientific paper structure:

Title (titolo)

Key-words (almeno 3 parole-chiave)

Summary (breve abstract, max. 15 righe)

Introduction (introduzione del tema teorico peseclto in base alla letteratura scientifica)

Participants (descrizione della classe: numero, genere ed età dei bambini, livello socio-culturale, ecc.)

Method (metodologie utilizzate per condurre e valutare le attività: gioco, disegno, osservazione, ecc.)

Discussion (discussione e commento delle attività svolte, con riflessioni personali)

Conclusions (conclusioni sull'esperienza, eventuali limiti e proposte per future attività)

References (bibliografia consultata, adopting APA - American Psychological Association guidelines).

To identify the topic students are invited to study the following textbook proposed by the professor:

Insegnare nella scuola dell’infanzia e primaria. Un approccio psicodinamico.


The topic should be linked to practical experience (professional, traineeship, etc.) that the student has had in the Country of origin. The brief report must be written in Italian and is used to assess an adequate level of competence in the area of the discipline.

2. Annotated abstracts (each 1-2 pages long).

Summarise and discuss two of your choice of the following scientific articles:

a. La Grutta S., Epifanio M.S., Piombo M.A., Alfano P., Maltese A., Marcantoni, S., Ingoglia S., Alesi M., Lo Baido R., Mancini G., Andrei F. (2022). Emotional Competence in Primary School Children: Examining the Effect of a Psycho-Educational Group Intervention: A Pilot Prospective Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2022, 19, 7628. https://

b. Mancini G., Mameli C., & Biolcati R. (2022). Burnout in Italian Primary Teachers: The Predictive Effects of Trait Emotional Intelligence, Trait Anxiety, and Job Instability. Europe’s Journal of Psychology, 18(2), 168-180.

c. Mancini G. (2019). Trait Emotional Intelligence and Draw-A-Person Emotional Indicators: A First Study on 8-Year-Old Italian Children. Child Indicators Research, 12(5), 1629-1641. doi:10.1007/s12187-018-9601-0

d. Andrei F., Mancini G., Mazzoni E., Russo P.M., Baldaro B. (2015). Social Status and its Link with Personality Dimensions, Trait Emotional Intelligence and Scholastic Achievement in Children and Early Adolescents. Learning and Individual Differences, 42 (2015) 97-105. doi: 10.1016/j.lindif.2015.07.014 []

e. Agnoli S., Mancini G., Pozzoli T., Baldaro B., Russo P.M, Surcinelli P. (2012). The interaction between emotional intelligence and cognitive ability in predicting scholastic performance in school-aged children. Personality and Individual Differences, 53(5) 660-665. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2012.05.020

f. Russo P.M., Mancini G., Trombini E., Baldaro B., Mavroveli S., Petrides, K.V. (2012). Trait Emotional Intelligence and the Big Five: a study on Italian children and preadolescents. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 30 (3) 274-283. doi:10.1177/0734282911426412

Deadline: Brief report and Annotated abstracts must be sent to the professor via e-mail by 5 December of the current Academic Year.

Specifics: the student must specify which university course he/she attends and which year he/she is enrolled in his/her home Country. He must also indicate the average grade of his/her academic curriculum.

Result: t the end of the exam, the professor informs you of your grade and publishes the grade in Almaesami. You can accept the grade or refuse it. In the latter case, you can sit the exam again during another available exam session. Once you have accepted the grade, the professor records it in AlmaEsami. Subsequently, when you access your career details in your personal homepage in AlmaRM you may read “verbalizzato” (“recorded”) and the grade/evaluation next to the exam. Check your career details regularly and, if any exams have not been recorded, contact the professor.

Important: all exams must be taken during the period agreed upon for your exchange programme.