Bachelor's degree in Speech and Language Therapy (to qualify as a speech and language therapist)

Philosophy and Theory of Language - PSICOLOGIA DELL'ETA' EVOLUTIVA

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Name of lecturer
Laura Fontecedro
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LOGO 2^ ANNO - 1^ SEMESTRE dal Oct 2, 2018 al Nov 23, 2018.

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Learning outcomes

The course is aimed at understanding and deepening the principles and investigation methodologies of developmental psychology.
The student will be proposed:
1) the knowledge of the main theories behind the models of reading psychological development,
2) The characteristics of development processes within the different psychological domains,
3) The development of these processes within the different evolutionary phases of the child, from the neonatal to the adolescent,
4) The critical knowledge of the complex relationship between individual components (nature) and environmental components (nurture), and moreover, the key role played by protection factors and risk indicators for the analysis of individual differences.
At the end of the course the student will be asked to demonstrate that he has mastered the theoretical, critical and autonomous capacity to contextualise it in crucial issues related to the development process.


The focus will be on the current and effective theoretical perspectives that allow the integration of different models and greatly broaden the possibilities of reading the basic psychic processes.
It will be deepened, for the different age groups:
1. Neonatal
2. Early childhood
3. Boyhood
4. School age
5. Puberty and Preadolescence
6. Adolescence
The characteristics of the development processes within the different psychological domains:
• Cognitive
• Emotional/affective
• Communicative/linguistic
• Perceptual/Motor
• Relational/social.
Furthermore the course will highlights the role of individual factors (different temperaments and emotional regulation) and environmental aspects (parental and family styles) in the examination of divergence from typical development.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Belsky, J. Psicologia dello Sviluppo - Vol. I Zanichelli 2009

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will take place in oral form.
The student must demonstrate:
• Mastery and processing skills regarding both the development processes and the main theories that interpret them,
• Effective ability to examine the acquired knowledge and how to apply them in real contexts tied to the development processes
• Critical ability of Activate links between theories and patterns of child's behavior reading in order to identify the best possible responses in development contexts and seize the links between child resilience factors and development environment.
The outcome of the exam is expressed in thirtieth


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