Studying at the University of Verona

Here you can find information on the organisational aspects of the Programme, lecture timetables, learning activities and useful contact details for your time at the University, from enrolment to graduation.

Academic calendar

The academic calendar shows the deadlines and scheduled events that are relevant to students, teaching and technical-administrative staff of the University. Public holidays and University closures are also indicated. The academic year normally begins on 1 October each year and ends on 30 September of the following year.

Academic calendar

Course calendar

The Academic Calendar sets out the degree programme lecture and exam timetables, as well as the relevant university closure dates..

Definition of lesson periods
Period From To
Sem. 1A Sep 23, 2019 Oct 31, 2019
Sem. 1B Nov 11, 2019 Jan 11, 2020
Sem. 2A Feb 17, 2020 Mar 28, 2020
Sem. 2B Apr 6, 2020 May 30, 2020
Exam sessions
Session From To
Sessione d'esame invernale Jan 13, 2020 Feb 15, 2020
Sessione d'esame estiva Jun 3, 2020 Jul 25, 2020
Sessione d'esame autunnale Aug 24, 2020 Sep 19, 2020
Degree sessions
Session From To
Sessione di laurea estiva Jul 6, 2020 Jul 11, 2020
Sessione di laurea autunnale Nov 2, 2020 Nov 6, 2020
Sessione di laurea invernale Apr 7, 2021 Apr 13, 2021
Period From To
Festa di Ognissanti Nov 1, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
Chiusura Ateneo Nov 2, 2019 Nov 2, 2019
Festa dell'Immacolata Dec 8, 2019 Dec 8, 2019
Vacanze di Natale Dec 23, 2019 Jan 6, 2020
Vacanze di Pasqua Apr 10, 2020 Apr 14, 2020
Festa della liberazione Apr 25, 2020 Apr 25, 2020
Festa del lavoro May 1, 2020 May 1, 2020
Sospensione delle lezioni May 2, 2020 May 2, 2020
Festa del Santo Patrono May 21, 2020 May 21, 2020
Sospensione delle lezioni May 22, 2020 May 23, 2020
Festa della Repubblica Jun 2, 2020 Jun 2, 2020
Vacanze estive Aug 10, 2020 Aug 15, 2020

Exam calendar

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Academic staff


Bertazzoni Cristina

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Chiurco Carlo

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Cousin Gregoire Bernard Johan

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Cusinato Guido

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De Vita Antonietta

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Di Nicola Paola

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Girelli Claudio

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Lascioli Angelo

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Lavelli Manuela

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Loro Daniele

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Meneghini Anna Maria

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Messetti Giuseppina

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Moro Valentina

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Mortari Luigina

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Pedrazza Monica

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Pontrandolfo Stefania

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Portera Agostino

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Scandola Michele

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Ubbiali Marco

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Study Plan

The Study Plan includes all modules, teaching and learning activities that each student will need to undertake during their time at the University.
Please select your Study Plan based on your enrollment year.

activated in the A.Y. 2020/2021
Final exam
Modules Credits TAF SSD
Between the years: 1°- 2°

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Sem. 1A, Sem. 1B

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
1. Having a basic knowledge and understanding of the theoretical foundations of the different behavioral observation techniques.
2. Have a basic knowledge and understanding of characteristics, use conditions, advantages and limits of the different qualitative and quantitative techniques based on the observation of child behavior in her/his contexts.
3. Having a basic knowledge and understanding of the opportunities to use specific tools for observing and evaluating the child's abilities in different developmental domains.

Applying knowledge and understanding
1. Being able to use the different observational techniques learned during the course, and apply the most appropriate in educational practice.
2. Being able to design a simple data collection based on the observation of child behavior in an educational context.
3. Being able to assess the reliability and validity of data collected through observation, and to carry out a descriptive analysis of collected data.


The course is organized in two parts.
The first part includes an introduction to observation and functions and contexts to use observation of infant/child behavior, and a review of the main theoretical approaches that use behavioral observation. Specific contents:
- observation: distinctive features
- observation as a research method and as a technique to collect data
- observation as a tool for training and work in educational practice
- psychological processes related to observation
- main epistemological issues related to observation
- theoretical approaches that use observation of infant/child behavior as a main research method and professional training method:
> detached observation: ethological, ecological, and interactionist approaches
> critical observation: Piagetian approach
> participant observation: psychoanalytic and ethnographic approaches.

The second, larger part includes the presentation of the observational method and the presentation and exemplifying application of the main observational techniques. Specific contents:
- using observational methods in educational settings and research
- qualitative observational techniques:
> narrative account
- quantitative observational techniques:
> check-list
> coding system
> rating scale
> Q-sort
- “indirect observation” techniques:
> questionnaires and rating scales for parents and teachers
- sources of distortion in collecting observational data: control possibilities
- reliability and validity of observational data
- descriptive statistics for analysing collected observational data.

Didactic methods
Lessons will be structured in theoretical presentations, discussions, exercises, and video observation and analysis aimed to apply the different observational techniques. Some lessons will include lab activities.

Exam texts
The preparation for the exam includes the study of : (1) an handbook of observational methods, (2) a book on techniques and tools to be used in educational contexts, (3) a short book on descriptive data analysis, and (4) a research article based on observational method:
1) Aureli, T., Perucchini, P. (2014). Osservare e valutare il comportamento del bambino. Bologna: Il Mulino.
2) Elia, L., Cassibba, R. (2009). Valutare le competenze sociali. Strumenti e tecniche per l’età prescolare. Roma: Carocci. As an alternative to this text – which is recommended for students interested in educational settings for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers ̶ another book can be agreed with the teacher, according to the field of interest.
3) Rossi, G. (2010, II reprint). Statistica descrittiva per psicologi. Roma: Carocci (Le Bussole).
4) A recent research article based on an observational method, selected according to personal interest among articles published in the last 10-15 years either in ‘Developmental Psychology’ or ‘Child Development’ (both available online or in Frinzi library).
Attending students will be provided with a copy of the slides used during the lessons.
Not attending students are recommended to practice by using the following book of exercises:
Cassibba, R., Salerni, N. (2004). Osservare i bambini: Tecniche ed esercizi. Roma: Carocci (Le Bussole).

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT TAKEN THE EXAM OF DEVELOPMENT PSYCHOLOGY (preparatory to this class) the program will consist of (1) an handbook of Developmental Psychology, (2) an handbook of observational methods, and (3) a research article that includes observation:
(1) Caravita, S., Milani, L., & Traficante, D. (a cura di) (2018). Psicologia dello sviluppo e dell’educazione. Bologna: Il Mulino (esclusi i capitoli X, XIII, XV).
(2) Aureli, T., Perucchini, P. (2014). Osservare e valutare il comportamento del bambino. Bologna: Il Mulino.
(3) A research article that includes observation (to be chosen according to the indications above).

Reference texts
Author Title Publishing house Year ISBN Notes
1) Aureli, T., Perucchini, P. Osservare e valutare il comportamento del bambino Bologna: Il Mulino 2014
3) Rossi, G. Statistica descrittiva per psicologi Roma: Carocci 2010
2) Elia, L., Cassibba, R. Valutare le competenze sociali. Strumenti e tecniche per l’età prescolare Roma: Carocci 2009

Examination Methods

Oral exam, possibly integrated with a written exercise.
Because of the situation deriving from the Covid-19 emergency, the exam will be conducted only in ORAL FORM, remotely, via Zoom connection. Registered students must therefore ensure that they have downloaded and activated access to the "Zoom client for meetings" software through their University credentials (by connecting to
The exam will consist of two separate interviews, with the professor and the subject's expert.
Evaluation criteria
The students will have to demonstrate that they:
- have knowledge and understanding of both the principles that guide the observational method and the different observational techniques (how they work, when to use them, advantages, limits) and the theoretical perspectives that use behavioral observation;
- are able to relate and process the acquired knowledge;
- are able to apply the acquired knowledge to specific contexts of educational practice and research;
- are able to communicate in a clear and effective way, by using adequate terminology.
Each part of the oral interview will be given a rating score out of 30; the final score will be the average of the two partial scores.

Students with disabilities or specific learning disorders (SLD), who intend to request the adaptation of the exam, must follow the instructions given HERE

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Stage e Tirocini

Per le altre attività formative (crediti F) sono previsti 9 cfu (pari a 225 ore) da acquisire solamente attraverso l’attività di tirocinio obbligatoria, a sua volta suddivisa in:

  • tirocinio indiretto (1 cfu: 25 ore di frequenza obbligatoria in università per il 75%) in preparazione dell’attività formativa sul campo;
  • tirocinio diretto (8 cfu), da svolgersi presso enti convenzionati.

L’ordinamento didattico della LM in Scienze pedagogiche prevede che il tirocinio indiretto a frequenza obbligatoria si svolga in università per il 75% nel secondo anno (1 CFU: 25 ore).
Il tirocinio indiretto consiste in un accompagnamento iniziale delle/degli studenti da parte dei tutor attraverso un percorso di formazione della durata di 25 ore.
La finalità di questo percorso è quella di preparare le/gli studenti alla particolare forma di apprendimento costituita dal tirocinio, dotandoli di conoscenze e strumenti adeguati a osservare, comprendere e rielaborare criticamente l’esperienza di tirocinio nei servizi educativi e ad affrontare il tirocinio negli enti con metodo e consapevolezza.
Il percorso, da attuare in gruppi da 20-25 persone sotto la supervisione di un tutor proveniente dal mondo professionale di educatori e pedagogisti, risponde alle esigenze costantemente espresse sia dalle/dagli studenti stessi sia dalle parti sociali che dai referenti degli enti convenzionati.

Nuove Linee Guida per il tirocinio di Scienze pedagogiche.

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