Developmental and educational psychology (2014/2015)

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Name of lecturer
Daniela Raccanello
Daniela Raccanello
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. IIA, Sem. IIB

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The course is focused on learning processes, referring to the the main theoretical approaches of developmental psychology, according to a life course perspective, and educational psychology, and to related methods. Learning will be analysed in relation to other fundamental constructs, such as development, motivation, self-regulation, problem-solving.


Introduction to developmental psychology and educational psychology.
Research methods.
Developmental psychology:
- cognitive development
- communicative-linguistic development
- emotional development
- social development.
Educational psychology:
- learning according to behaviouristic approach
- learning according to cognitive approach
- learning according to Piaget and Vygotskij
- learning according to post-piagetian and post-vygotskijan approaches
- didactic strategies
- learning and technology
- motivation: theoretical approaches, achievement goals, social goals, self-determination theory, learning and emotions, self, self-efficacy, self-regulation
- quality of learning
- learning in different contexts.

Texts for the exam:
1) Barone, L. (2009). Manuale di psicologia dello sviluppo. Roma: Carocci Editore (chapters 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 – except parts on atypical development).
2) Ligorio, M. B., & Cacciamani, S. (2013). Psicologia dell’educazione. Roma: Carocci Editore (chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 16).
3) Boscolo, P. (2012). La fatica e il piacere di imparare. Psicologia della motivazione scolastica. Torino: UTET (chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8).

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam with multiple-choice questions, eventually associated with an oral exam, from the summer session of the academic year 2014-2015 (until the previous winter session, written exam with open questions, eventually associated with an oral exam).