Psychology of the years of grouth
Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
M-PSI/04 - DEVELOPMENTAL AND EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
II semestre dal Feb 28, 2011 al Jun 3, 2011.
This course is aimed to provide students with a basic knowledge and conceptual and methodological tools for understanding the main developmental processes of human beings in different psychological domains (motor, perceptive, socioemotional, communicative-linguistic, and cognitive domains).
In particular, it is aimed to promote the consideration of human development as a complex dynamic process that emerges from the interaction between biological and environmental factors, and to sensitize the students to the observation of child development in educational contexts.
Change processes that characterize developmental phases within different developmental domains will be presented in the light of the classic theories by Piaget, Vygotskij, Bowlby, their latest developments, and theoretical hypotheses offered by more recent research areas (e.g., infant research, theory of mind).
After an introduction to the most important issues addressed by developmental psychology, the lessons will focus on child development from neonatal period through infancy, preschool and school years, to adolescence, investigating developmental changes and factors and processes underlying changes. A particular attention will be paid to the relationship between motor and social development.
During lessons, explanations supported by visual devises will be alternated with moments in which students will be actively engaged in discussions and analyses of research videos illustrative of concepts and issues addressed.
Costabile, A., Bellacicco, D., Bellagamba, F., Stevani J. (2011). Fondamenti di psicologia dello sviluppo. Bari: Laterza.
For the attending students, a copy of the slides used during each lesson will be available in web. Further references will be provided during lessons, according to the students’ interests.
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