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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP3050665, A.A. 2016/17

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2015/16

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS1084, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2016/17
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination DEVELOPMENTAL RESEARCH METHODS
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge ANNA EMILIA BERTI M-PSI/04

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/04 Psychology of Development and Psychology of Education 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 27/02/2017
End of activities 01/06/2017
Show course schedule 2017/18 Reg.2011 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 BERTI ANNA EMILIA (Presidente)
ALBIERO PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
BONICHINI SABRINA (Membro Effettivo)
MASON LUCIA (Membro Effettivo)
5 2018 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 BERTI ANNA EMILIA (Presidente)
ALBIERO PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
BONICHINI SABRINA (Membro Effettivo)
MASON LUCIA (Membro Effettivo)
4 2017 01/10/2017 30/09/2018 BERTI ANNA EMILIA (Presidente)
ALBIERO PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
BONICHINI SABRINA (Membro Effettivo)
MASON LUCIA (Membro Effettivo)
3 2016 01/10/2016 30/09/2017 BERTI ANNA EMILIA (Presidente)
ALBIERO PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
BONICHINI SABRINA (Membro Effettivo)
MASON LUCIA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: To have passed the exam of developmental psychology.
Target skills and knowledge: At the end of the course students should know about:1) research designs used in developmental research; 2) contructing a questionnaire and an interview schedule; 3) adjusting interview to children's characteristics; 4) costructing an observational schedule; 5) coding verbal and observational data; 6) writing a research report
Examination methods: Exams are written, with open ended questions. Lists of questions will be available in the course site
Assessment criteria: Answers' evaluation is based on their correctness and completedness.
Course unit contents: The scientific approach
Developmental research.
Variables and measures
Construct validity
Developmental designs (cross-sectional, longitudinal, microgenetic)
Designs aimed to identifying or testing causal relations (experimental, quasi-experimental, correlational).
Internal and external validity.
Single-Subject Designs.
Facoorial designs
Verbal methods: questionnaires, interviews, clinical interviews.
Interviewing children.
Observational methods.
Coding verbal and observational data.
Writing a research report.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is taught via lectures and exercises,including those presented in McBurney and White handbook and others regarding analyses and coding of interviews' trascripts.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • McBurney, D.H., White, T.L., Metodologia della ricerca in psicologia.. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2007. saltare i capp. 2 e 3. I capitoli 8 e 9 vanno in gran parte sostituiti con ppt su metodi verbali e osservazione. ì Cerca nel catalogo
  • Piaget, J., La rappresentazione del mondo nel bambino. Introduzione. I problemi e i metodi. pp.3-35. Torino: Boringhieri, 1966. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Arsernio, W.F. & Kramer, R. V, Victimizer and their victims: Children’s conceptions of the mixed consequences of moral transgressions. --: Child Development, 63. 915-927., 1992. Una sintesi di questo articolo sarà presentata in PPT Cerca nel catalogo
  • Berti A.E., Come scrivere una relazione (elaborato finale, tesi, articolo) su una ricerca. --: PDF scaricabile dal sito del corso, --.