Observing child behavior: Theories and techniques (2007/2008)

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Course code
4S00815
Name of lecturer
Daniela Raccanello
Number of ECTS credits allocated
4
Academic sector
M-PSI/04 - DEVELOPMENTAL AND EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
Language of instruction
Italian
Location
VERONA
Period
Sem. II B dal Apr 21, 2008 al May 31, 2008.

Lesson timetable

Sem. II B
Day Time Type Place Note
Monday 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall T.5  
Tuesday 11:50 AM - 1:30 PM lesson Lecture Hall 2.3  
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 10:10 AM lesson Lecture Hall 2.3  

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to illustrate theoretical and methodological basis underlying the use of investigation techniques in developmental psychology, in particular about observation. Moreover, the aim is to foster the knowledge of observation and evaluation about children in different contexts.

Syllabus

The course will deal with the following themes:
-concept of observation
-theoretical approaches
-participants, contexts and procedures
-coding schemes and data gathering
-reliability and validity
-child behavior: observation instruments
-child behavior: evaluation instruments

Texts for the exam:
Baumgartner E. (2004). L’osservazione del comportamento infantile. Carocci, Roma.
Axia V., & Bonichini S. (2004). La valutazione del bambino. Carocci, Roma.
(only the following chapters: 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11).

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam with open-ended questions, eventually associated with an oral exam.