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Developmental Psychology 1 2017/2018

  • 5 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Continuous Assessment

Objectives

After completing the course, the student should be able to:
-Contextualize the rise and consolidation of Developmental Psychology as a scientific discipline
-Describe developmental trajectories and its biological and environmental determinants
-Critically discuss the main paradigms in the study of development
-Know methodologies for developmental assessment in different areas and stages of development, from the fetal period to adolescence
-Describe stages of fetal and neonatal development and
its determinants, discussing their impact in the light of research carried out with twins and single fetuses
-Know the main theoretical approaches proposed to understand psychological development during childhood and adolescence
-Describe the cognitive, emotional and social developmental process during childhood and adolescence, through the assumptions of different theoretical perspectives

Recommended Prerequisites

The contents of this curricular unit are articulated with the contents of the curricular unit of Educational Psychology 1 (2nd year). This curricular unit will continue at the 2nd semester in the curricular unit of Developmental Psychology 2.

Teaching Metodology

During the teaching of the curricular unit it will be used expository and active teaching / learning methods involving the participation of the students, such as reading exercises; seminars; watching videos; practical demonstrations; and group work.
The frame, the computer, the video projector, digital databases and the UPT e-learning platform will also be indispensable work tools.

Body of Work

1. Developmental Psychology as a scientific domain: object and method of study
2. Biological and environmental determinants of development and epigenetic approach
3. Fetal and neonatal development: normative trajectories and determining factors
4. Physical, cognitive, emotional and social development during childhood
5. Adolescence as a developmental stage: normativity and psychopathology

Recommended Bibliography

- Gleitman, H., Fridlund, A. J., Reisberg, D. (2007). Psicologia (7ª Edição). Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
- Guedeney, N., Guedeney, A. (2004). Vinculação: conceitos e aplicações. Climepsi Editores.
- Jackson, S. & Goossens, L. (2006). Handbook of Adolescent Development. New York: Psychology Press.
- Lerner, R.M., Easterbrooks, M. A., Mistry, R. M. (2003). Handbook of Psychology. In: I. B. Weiner (Ed.), Developmental Psychology (volume 6). John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- Papalia, D. E., Olds, S. W., Feldman, R. D. (2001). O mundo da criança. McGraw-Hill.
- Smith, P. K., Cowie, H., Blades, M. (2001). Compreender o desenvolvimento da criança. Instituto Piaget: coleção Horizontes Pedagógicos.

Complementary Bibliography

During the presentation of the syllabus will be given additional information about complementary bibliography and / or relevant scientific research papers for the learning of concepts whose acquisition is intended. When this happens, it will be made available through the Moodle platform at the site corresponding to the course.

Weekly Planning

WEEK 1 (11 and 12 de September)
- Presentation of the course in terms of its objectives, course content, teaching methods and assessment and planning
- Introduction to the study of Developmental Psychology: Guiding Axes of Analysis

WEEK 2 – 3 (18 to 26 September)
- 1. Developmental Psychology as a scientific domain: object and method of study
- 2. Biological and environmental determinants of development and epigenetic approach

WEEK 4 – 6 (2 to 17 October)
- 3. Fetal and neonatal development: normative trajectories and determining factors

WEEK 7 (23 and 24 October)
- Seminar: Psychological (mal)adjustment during the transition to parenthood - developmental trajectories that intersect (date conditioned by the availability of the guest speaker, Prof. Bárbara Figueiredo, PhD, University of Minho)

WEEK 8 – 11 (October, 30 to November, 21)
- 4. Physical, cognitive, emotional and social development during childhood
- 1st mini-test for knowledge evaluation (October 31, 2017)

WEEK 12 – 14 (November, 27 to December, 12)
5. Adolescence as a developmental stage: normativity and psychopathology

WEEK 15 (18 and 19 December)
- Seminar: Experience of violence by adolescents: forms and contexts (date conditioned by the availability of the guest speaker, Prof. Marlene Matos, PhD, University of Minho)
- 2nd mini-test for knowledge evaluation (December 19, 2017)

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The exhibition of the syllabus of the course and its active exploration with the students, using the above teaching methodologies, will enable the achievement of learning objectives with which these contents are directly related. Given the level of education implied, the targets established imply the acquisition and deeply exploration of fundamental scientific knowledge in the specific field of developmental psychology, additionally to the development of soft skills essential to the future exercise of the profession, such as critical analysis of research undertaken in the field.

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

In order to achieve the objectives the contact, not only with the theoretical pillars of developmental psychology, but also with the challenges of the latest research undertaken in this scientific domain, is essencial, which will be acomplished with the organization of scientific meetings with national researchers. The lectures, reading exercises, video presentations and group works will be a constant aid in the achievment of the overall proposed objectives. The use of pratical demonstrations will be particularly important in the achieving of the goal related to the knowledge of methodologies for assessment of development in different areas and stages of development from the fetal period to adolescence.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledgeYesYes
Adapting to new situationsYesYes
Analytical and synthetic skillsYesYes
Balanced decision makingYes 
Ethical and responsible behaviourYesYes
Event organization, planning and managementYesYes
Foreign language proficiencyYes 
Information and learning managementYesYes
IT and technology proficiencyYes 
Problem Analysis and AssessmentYesYes
Problem-solvingYesYes
Relating to othersYesYes
Research skillsYesYes
Self-assessmentYes 
TeamworkYesYes
Written and verbal communications skillsYesYes
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