Psychology of disabilities and integration (2016/2017)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
4S001193
Credits
9
Coordinator
Daniela Raccanello
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
LABORATORIO 1 M-PSI/04-DEVELOPMENTAL AND EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY See the unit page See the unit page
PSICOLOGIA DELLA DISABILITA' 4 M-PSI/04-DEVELOPMENTAL AND EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY Sem. IA Chiara Barachetti
PSICOLOGIA DELL'INTEGRAZIONE 4 M-PSI/04-DEVELOPMENTAL AND EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY Sem. IB Daniela Raccanello

Learning outcomes

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MM: LABORATORIO
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The laboratory of Psychology of disabilities and integration aims at promoting the practical use of knowledge acquired within the course of Psychology of disabilities and integration. Among expected results, there is the promotion of the ability to apply acquired knowledge regarding special education needs and/or disabilities, referring to linguistic, cognitive, and socio-emotional development.
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MM: PSICOLOGIA DELLA DISABILITA'
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The course is aimed to provide students with conceptual and methodological tools for understanding the learning processes in children with disabilities or developmental disorders. An inclusive approach is considered which focuses on the effect of the interaction between biological and environmental factors on the learning processes. The expected learning outcomes are the followings: 1. Knowledge of the characteristics of disabilities and developmental disorders from early childhood to school age; knowledge of risk indicators of difficulties or delays in the learning processes 2. The ability to consider the complex interaction between biological and environmental factors in the process of observation and in planning inclusive learning contexts in preschool and primary school.
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MM: PSICOLOGIA DELL'INTEGRAZIONE
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The course of Psychology of integration is aimed at giving basic knowledge relating to the main theoretical and methodological issues concerning integrative processes with children with special education needs. Moreover, we aim at giving specific knowledge relating to some specific categories of children with special education needs in relation to some specific domains of psychological development. Specifically, expected learning results are: 1) knowledge and understanding of basic aspects relating to school integration, examining in depth both theoretical models and contextual risk and promoting factors; 2) knowledge and understanding of basic aspects relating to specific categories of children with special education needs (e.g., children with social and cultural disadvantage) and some domains of the psychological development (e.g., socio-emotional development); 3) ability to plan intervention programs that promote integrative processes relating to children with special education needs.

Syllabus

Assessment methods and criteria

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MM: LABORATORIO
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The activity included in the laboratory will result into the production of a project. During the laboratory, the teacher will explain how to elaborate the project.
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MM: PSICOLOGIA DELLA DISABILITA'
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The Psychology of Disability and Inclusion exam will consist of a written test only. The student will have 2 hours to answer six open questions: three questions about the Psychology of Disability, and three questions about the Psychology of Inclusion. Texts for the Psychology of Disability exam: Zanobini, M., Usai, M. C. (2011). Psicologia della disabilità e dei disturbi dello sviluppo. Milano: Franco Angeli (no chapters 9, 10, and 11). Cornoldi. C. (2013). Le difficoltà di apprendimento a scuola. Bologna: il Mulino.
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MM: PSICOLOGIA DELL'INTEGRAZIONE
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The exam of the whole Psychology of disabilities and integration course will be in written form, including six open questions: three relating to Psychology of disabilities and three relating to Psychology of integration (total time: two hours).