Master's degree in Preventive and Adapted Exercise Science

Psychology of the years of grouth

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Name of lecturer
Mirta Fiorio
Mirta Fiorio
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MOTORIE 1° semestre dal Oct 1, 2019 al Jan 24, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The general aim of the course is to provide the basic knowledge and methodological tools to understand the child's main developmental processes (physical, motor, perceptual, cognitive, emotional, social, and linguistic). The specific objectives of the course are to succeed in framing the key concepts of developmental psychology into motor and sports education. Recent findings from the scientific international literature will be presented and discussed.


The processes characterizing the different phases of development will be presented within the frame of the main theories and the most commonly used methods to study human development will be discussed, as well as the basic application outcomes in sports, physical performance and preventive motor activity.

Main topics:
- Developmental psychology: history, theories and methods
- The development of perception
- The development of memory
- The development of intelligence
- Intellectual development
- The development of emotions
- Social development
- The development of communication skills and language
- Moral development

Teaching methods
Teaching consists of frontal lessons, for a total of 24 hours (3 CFUs). The first lesson will serve to guide students thought the course: information will be provided about the program, the lesson schedule, the reference textbooks, and the exams. In addition, for each topic discussed during the lessons, the reference will be provided to the chapters in which that topic is described. Additional materials will be provided on the e-learning platform of the University.
Throughout the academic year, a student reception service is available, with a weekly fixed schedule.

Suggested textbooks
- Camaioni L, Di Blasio P. Psicologia dello sviluppo. 2007. Bologna: Il Mulino.
- The slides of the lectures will be available on the web page for the Course.
- Bibliographic references to scientific papers published in international journals will be provided.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Camaioni L. e Di Blasio P. Psicologia dello sviluppo Il Mulino, Bologna 2007

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists for all the students of one written test* with 31 closed questions and multiple choice answers. The written test is intended to ensure knowledge and understanding of the topics addressed in the course and covers all the topics discussed during the lessons. The ranking of the written test will be expressed in scores of thirty.
Additional information: It is not possible to attend the exam in advance. Only those students who have this teaching in their academic career and are regularly registered to the call, can attend the exam.

*Due to the situation deriving from the Coronavirus emergency, the examination methods reported above are changed for the 2020 autumn session, according to the indications from the University. Specifically, the exam will be an INTERVIEW via Zoom.

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