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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP6074677, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS2292, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 3.0
Type of assessment Evaluation
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
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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 CLINICAL DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Teacher in charge SILVIA SALCUNI M-PSI/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Other -- -- 3.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 3.0 21 54.0 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
3 2018 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 SALCUNI SILVIA (Presidente)
DI RISO DANIELA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The contents of the course will be integrated with those related to other first and second year courses of MPCS: Biological and psychodynamic bases of parenting, Clinical balance and evaluation of the intervention effectiveness
Target skills and knowledge: The student will have to learn the theoretical criteria and the practical modalities for a correct administration of the semi-structured AAI, and he will have to acquire the ability to code some variables (experience scales, Grice's criteria) on transcripts of the interviews .
Examination methods: The exam will take place on a date established ad hoc by the teacher (usually the just after the last lesson). The approval with respect to laboratory activity will be evaluated on a protocol, administered and transcribed and partially signed by the student. The modalities of the examination will therefore be in line with the experiential techniques already used during the lessons, and aim at verifying the extent to which students have acquired the pragmatic components of the instruments presented during classroom activities.
Assessment criteria: Approved/ Not approved

Since the laboratory consists of a professionalizing and experiential teaching formula, the evaluation criteria of students learning will focus specifically on these aspects. Particular emphasis will be placed on the empirical, clinical and operational implications of the tools, as well as on the methods and techniques presented during the laboratory. Further elements contributing to the definition of the final evaluation will be students active participation during the lessons, the activities carried out autonomously for the application of the contents presented, and the participatory and shared presence in the working groups.
Course unit contents: The course is part of the set of laboratories offered within the Second Cycle Degree in Clinical Developmental Psychology. The laboratory activity will be provided in small groups (maximum 20 students) in the presence of the professor. Experiential and professionalizing learning techniques will be used.
Brief theoretical introduction to the AAI instrument, related to the attachment construct and the kind of narrative that characterizes it.
Administration procedures (role playing in the classroom) and coding(in the classroom).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal theoretical lessons will be reduced to a few initial hours; the workshop will be configured as a group work with active intervention by the students, in role playing activities, initially on material brought by the teacher, then on students' own material.
The active participation of students with comments and questions on the topics in the program is requested.
Classroom activities require the regular attendance of students, who will be divided into small groups to facilitate their learning process in terms of the professional and experiential basis of the contents that define the laboratory activities themselves. In this perspective, students participation in at least 70% of the lessons is recommended to allow for an in-depth understanding of the learning contents. Group work in the classroom is an integral part of the teaching method of the laboratory and is one of the learning activities, in addition to the assessment of students’individual contribution. Students who, for exceptional reasons, are unable to attend are advised to contact the professor in a timely manner to arrange for alternative activities.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Materials on procedure for the administration and coding of some variables of the instrument; recent articles; some theoretical chapters on attachment theory and tools (given in moodle).
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Questioning
  • Peer assessment

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

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