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Course unit
SUP6074537, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
IA1870, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PSYCHOLOGY OF MOTIVATED LEARNING
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in PRIMARY TEACHER EDUCATION (Ord. 2011)

Teacher in charge LUCIA MASON M-PSI/04

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Other M-PSI/04 Psychology of Development and Psychology of Education 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 5th Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2018 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 MASON LUCIA (Presidente)
ARFE' BARBARA (Membro Effettivo)
FLORIT ELENA (Membro Effettivo)
SCRIMIN SARA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of educational psychology is useful.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide students with knowledge about theoretical frameworks and metodological tools that enable them to analyze and interprete processes and problems regarding school motivation and learning in the basic domains (reading, writing, maths and science).
This knowledge is essential for the activity of a developmental and educational psychologist and for her or his collaboration with other professionals (school principals, teachers, educators, parents, social workers, and local administrators).
Examination methods: The exam consists of 6 (six) open-ended questions (no space constrains) to be answered in 2 (two) hours.

IMPORTANT: ERASMUS/international students can study a program in English - to be agreed with the Professor - and take the examination in English.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation will based on the:
1) accuracy of content comprehension;
2) clarity, coherence and completeness of arguments.
Course unit contents: The topics of the course are the following:
- achievement goals;
- social goals;
- self-determination theory;
- interest;
- affect: emotions and moods;
- identity and motivation to school learning;
- self-concept and self-efficacy;
- self-regulation in relation to motivation;
- instruments for measuring motivational variables;
- learning processes and socialization processes;
- instruments for assessing learning in the domain of reading, writing and calculus;
- naive conceptions and scientific conceptions of natural phenomena;
- conceptual change learning;
- social relationships in school;
- innovative schools and powerful learning environments.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Students' active participation in classes is strongly encouraged. Discussions on critical issues for research and practice will be included, as well as discussions on questions about school and instruction which appear on the press.

A seminars will be held by a research collaborator. In addition, another seminar will be held by a psychologist who works in schools.

A film shot in the school environment will be watched and discussed.
Additional notes about suggested reading: In Moodle students can access the slides for each topic of the course.
In Moodle the two articles in English (see below) will also be available. Students are asked to choose and study one of them.

ERASMUS students can study all learning materials in English. The exam will also be in English.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Boscolo, P., La fatica e il piacere di imparare. Psicologia della motivazione scolastica. Torino: UTET, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Menesini, E., Pinto, G., Nocentini A. (a cura di), Apprendimento e competenza sociale nella scuola. Roma: Carocci editore, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Mason, L., Psicologia dell'apprendimento e dell'istruzione (seconda edizione). Bologna: Il Mulino, 2013. SOLO capitolo 5. Il testo in cui è incluso è disponibile in biblioteca. Cerca nel catalogo
  • O'Shea, A. et al., Algebra performance and motivation differences for students with learning disabilities and students of varying achievement levels. --: Contemporary Educational Psychology, 2016. Una copia dell'articolo sarà disponibile in Moodle. L'articolo è a scelta (questo o quello seguente).
  • Mason, L. et al., Avoiding the struggle: Instruction that supports students' motivation in reading and writing about content material. --: Reading & Writing Quarterly, 28(1), 2012. Una copia dell'articolo sarà disponibile in Moodle. L'articolo è a scelta (questo o quello precedente).

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Peer feedback
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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