METHODS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL PARTICIPATION IN THE EDUCAT. CONTEXTS

METHODS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL PARTICIPATION IN THE EDUCAT. CONTEXTS

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Code
67268
ACADEMIC YEAR
2019/2020
CREDITS
6 credits during the 3nd year of 8751 Psychological Sciences and Techniques (L-24) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
M-PSI/04
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Psychological Sciences and Techniques)
semester
1° Semester
Prerequisites
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

This course is aimed at providing critical knowledge of the theoretical bases and the practical forms of psychological intervention in educational contexts, particularly in school.

 

 

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A critical comprehension of the tools of psychological intervention in educational contexts (pre-school and school). In particular: 1) solid basic knowledge of the main topics in educational psychology; 2) knowledge of some models and strategies of intervention in schools; 3) improved ability to evaluate critically and to plan psychological interventions in schools.

 

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

KNOWLEDGE AND COMPREHENSION: Comprehension of theoretical models, concepts, and the conceptual bases of psychological tools, is regarded as a fundamental goal. Instead, very little importance is given to verbatim memory of the textbooks and the lectures.

ABILITY TO APPLY KNOWLEDGE AND COMPREHENSION: A student's ability to compare, distinguish, make connections between theoretical concepts and models is highly valued. Students should also demonstrate some ability to apply the acquired knowledge, i.e. to orient themselves (at least broadly) in the evaluation of real cases.

INDEPENDENT JUDGEMENT: A student's ability in independent judgment and reasoning is highly valued.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS: It is useful to acquire the techincal language of the discipline in order to communicate clearly with both specialists and the general public.

LEARNING SKILLS: It is important for students to develop adequate learning skills that in the future enable them to continue to deepen independently their knowledge of this subject, especially when they will be working in educational context, because this discipline is continuously and rapidly evolving, and in twenty years the knowledge acquired in this course will probably be outdated, at least in part.

Teaching methods

The course takes place in the Autumn term and has a duration of 36 hours. Because of the large audience, for practical reasons it is necessary to deliver it in the form of traditional lectures to the totality of enrolled students.

It is desirable that, despite large numbers, students participate actively (e.g. with interventions, questions, problem proposals, reflections on experience, etc) so that the course might not be a unidirectional transmission of information but also allows for some exchange of ideas.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

After a brief review of selected concepts of cognitive psychology, the lectures will introduce basic themes of educational psychology, including models of learning and its relation with cognitive development, motivation (in particular in the school context), the role of metacognition, and learning difficulties. Some tools and applied examples will also be presented.

(It is assumed that students already have some basic knowledge of developmental psychology and cognitive psychology.)

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Required readings:

- P. Boscolo, Psicologia dell’apprendimento scolastico, Edizioni UTET, Torino, 2006 (the whole book, except chap. 13).

- C. Pontecorvo (a cura di), Manuale di psicologia dell'educazione, Edizioni il Mulino, Bologna, 1999 (chapters 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10).

- C. Cornoldi (a cura di), Difficoltà e disturbi dell’apprendimento. Edizioni il Mulino, Bologna, 2007. (chapters 3, 4, and 7).

- S. Morra, Il contributo di Robbie Case allo studio dell’apprendimento. In “Età evolutiva”, 2002, n. 72, pp.98-109 (a photocopy is available in room 4C2, on the ground floor: please ask Ms. M.R. Bazurro).

- Notes from the lectures.

In the section in Italian, a slightly different list of readings is provided for students who cannot attend the course (e.g., working students).

Although the lectures will be delivered in Italian, the professor can indicate and/or provide some teaching materials in English. The students who wish to use teaching materials in English are kindly requested to contact the professor personally, for him to get an idea of the student’s interests and consequently agree on a set of teaching materials (partly or totally in English).

 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: Thursday from 3 pm to 5 pm in room 4A2 (starting from October)  

Exam Board

SERGIO MORRA (President)

SABRINA PANESI

LORENZO MUSCELLA

LESSONS

Teaching methods

The course takes place in the Autumn term and has a duration of 36 hours. Because of the large audience, for practical reasons it is necessary to deliver it in the form of traditional lectures to the totality of enrolled students.

It is desirable that, despite large numbers, students participate actively (e.g. with interventions, questions, problem proposals, reflections on experience, etc) so that the course might not be a unidirectional transmission of information but also allows for some exchange of ideas.

LESSONS START

The course will start in the first week of October.

ORARI

L'orario di tutti gli insegnamenti è consultabile su EasyAcademy.

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METHODS OF PSYCHOLOGICAL PARTICIPATION IN THE EDUCAT. CONTEXTS

EXAMS

Exam description

Normally, the exam is oral. This allows direct communication between the examiner and the student, so that the student's comprehension, argumentative ability, and critical spirit regarding the topics of the course can be best assessed. (Alternatively and optionally, for the students who regularly attend the course, a written exam at the end of the course. Also in this case, the exam is aimed to assess the student's comprehension, argumentative ability, and critical spirit regarding the topics of the course.)

If on some examination session the number of enrolled students is too large for completing the exam in one day, then it will be necessary to carry it out (exceptionally) as a written exam with open questions. Also that modality enables the examiner to assess the student's comprehension, argumentative ability, and critical spirit regarding the topics of the course.

The goal of the exam is not to assess verbatim memory for the superficial detalis of the texts, because the teacher is aware that those details, even though one stores them accurately in memory in view of the exam, will inevitably be forgotten in few weeks. The students' evaluation will focus, instead, on their comprehension of concepts and problems, because a good comprehension of concepts can have long-standing positive effects on the student's competence.

Please register online for the date when you intend to take your exam.

In case one does not pass the exam (or is not satisfied with the grade received), it is allowed to repeat it, with a new online registration.

 

Assessment methods

By means of open questions, mostly on broad topics, we intend to assess the student's comprehension of concepts and problems, reasoning ability, and critical spirit regarding the topics presented in the course and in the prescribed readings.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
08/09/2020 09:30 GENOVA Orale

FURTHER INFORMATION

Students are invited to register in the page of this course on AulaWeb (the e-learning portal of our university) and visit that page from time to time.