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School of Psychology
Course unit
EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY (Ult. numero di matricola pari)
PSO2043395, A.A. 2019/20

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS2295, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2019/20
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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 01/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2016 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 MASON LUCIA (Presidente)
ARFE' BARBARA (Membro Effettivo)
FLORIT ELENA (Membro Effettivo)
SCRIMIN SARA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Knowledge acquired in the courses of General Psychology and Developmental Psychology.
Target skills and knowledge: The course provides 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. In particular, aspects of adolescents' learning and development with digital media will be dealt with.
Examination methods: The exam consists of 6 (six) open-ended questions (no space constrains) to be answered in 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) accuracy of content comprehension;
2) clarity, coherence and completeness of arguments.
Course unit contents: The topics of the course are the following:
- 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; math achievement;
- study method;
- adolescents, Internet and current family and school contexts;
- virtual relationships and friendships;
- new typical behaviors and Internet problematic use;
- supporting today's adolescents in the family and school.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Students' active participation in classes is strongly encouraged.

Discussions on critical issues will be included, as well as on questions related to school and instruction which appear on the press.

Two seminars will be led by two collaborators. Another seminar will be held by a professional psychologist who works in schools.

A film shot in the school environment will be watched and discussed.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Slides in ppt format about all topics are available in Moodle.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Mason, L., Psicologia dell'apprendimento e dell'istruzione.. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2013. Terza edizione. Sono 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. E' un capitolo del volume di R. Vianello, G. Gini e S. Lanfranchi, "Psicologia, sviluppo, educazione". Una copia si trova in biblioteca, sala stampa Cerca nel catalogo

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

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

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