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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Marinella Majorano
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LOGO 2^ anno - 1^semestre dal Oct 1, 2020 al Nov 20, 2020.

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide a basic understanding of the theoretical and methodological issues related to child development and to provide a basic knowledge of the risk indicators in these processes in preschool and school-aged children.
Specifically, the expected learning outcomes are as follows:
1) knowledge and understanding of the socio-emotional development and learning processes, with reference to the main theoretical models and understanding of the role of memory and attention in learning development;
2) the ability to critically take into account the relationship between the individual and contextual factors in order to determine the developmental processes;
3) the ability to develop a critical understanding of the topics and to use bibliographical sources with autonomy.


The basic mechanisms responsible for the processes of learning in children are considered. It aims to provide knowledge on the main theoretical models that describe the development of reading, writing and calculation, taking into account the role of the mechanisms of memory and attention. The specific prerequisites for preschool children that consent the development of the processes of literacy in primary schools are presented.
Furthermore, the role of context variables in the developmental processes at different levels, with reference to the socio-constructivist theoretical perspective are considered, taking into account the interaction between cognitive factors, socio-emotional and motivational processes of learning.
Exploration of the theme of observation and intervention programme planning in cases of potential or actual developmental difficulties will also be focused on.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Schaffer, H.R. Psicologia dello sviluppo: Un'introduzione. Milano: Cortina editore 2008

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam will consist of a written test. The student will have 2 hours to answer four open questions.
Preparation for exam includes studying the following monograph:

Schaffer, H.R. (2008). Psicologia dello sviluppo: Un'introduzione. Milano: Cortina Editore (chapter 10 and chapter 2 excluded).

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