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School of Psychology
Course unit
EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (Ult. numero di matricola pari)
PSO2043395, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS2295, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
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 BARBARA ARFE' M-PSI/04

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

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

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

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2016 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 2018 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 MASON LUCIA (Presidente)
ARFE' BARBARA (Membro Effettivo)
FLORIT ELENA (Membro Effettivo)
SCRIMIN SARA (Membro Effettivo)
3 2018 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 ARFE' BARBARA (Presidente)
MASON LUCIA (Membro Effettivo)
MULATTI CLAUDIO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Knowledge acquired in the courses of General Psychology and Developmental Psychology.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide students with basic knowledge about the main theoretical frameworks and topics related to learning in the school context. Cognitive, metacognitive and motivational aspects will be examined. Aspects of learning and development with digital media will also be presented and discussed.
Examination methods: The exam consists of 6 (six) open-ended questions. Exam duration is 2 (two) hours.

IMPORTANT: ERASMUS students can study a program in English - to be agreed with the Professor - and take the examination in English.
Assessment criteria: Answers to the six questions are evaluated on the basis of the
1) content comprehension;
2) clarity, coherence and completeness of arguments provided in the response.
Course unit contents: Topics of the course:

- school learning according to the main theoretical and empirical approaches;
- intelligence and cognitive ability;
- basic issues of motivation to school learning;
- metacognition;
- reading and writing acquisition; text comprehension and production; abilities in math and math achievement;
- study method;
- adolescents, Internet and current family and school contexts;
- virtual relationships and friendships;
- new typical behaviors and Internet dependency;
- supporting adolescents in the family and school in the digital era.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Students' active participation is encouraged.

Excercises and discussions on critical issues such as interventions in schools and learning assessment tools will be part of the course.

If possible, short seminars will be led by national and/or international experts in the field.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Slides in ppt format about all topics are available in Moodle. Materials of interest for the students (e.g. articles, guidelines) will be also made available on moodle.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Mason, L., Psicologia dell'apprendimento e dell'istruzione-Seconda Edizione.. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2013. Esclusi i capitoli 5, 10, 11 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Lancini, M., Adolescenti navigati. Trento: Erickson, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo
  • ArfĂ©, B., Fastelli, A., L'acquisizione della lettura e della scrittura e i problemi di apprendimento della lingua scritta (pp. 407-442).. Torino: UTET, 2015. Capitolo disponibile in biblioteca, sala stampa. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Case study
  • Problem solving
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-Being Quality Education Gender Equality Reduced Inequalities