cod. 1009412

Academic year 2023/24
1° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Psicologia dello sviluppo e psicologia dell'educazione (M-PSI/04)
Attività formative affini o integrative
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The general objective of the course is to provide a theoretical framework of reference on the main psychological dimensions of groups and tools useful for the management of groups in educational and training contexts. In particular, during the course the student will acquire some skills of applied understanding, such as models of analysis of communication within groups and some skills related to the management and coordination of groups of adults and children. Finally, through the discussion of the contents, the course aims to foster some transversal skills in students, such as: the development of the ability to learn, an autonomy of judgment and reflection with respect to the theoretical and methodological issues addressed, a good ability to communicate about the discussed and learned aspects.


Basic principles of developmental and social psychology.

Course unit content

The course aims to deepen the psychological processes involved in the dynamics of groups in the educational and training context. Specifically, the following topics will be addressed: 1. Main elements of group dynamics; 2. Main elements of social psychology of groups; 3. Skills to manage and facilitate group processes; 4. Methods and techniques in management of educational and training groups.

Full programme

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Venza G. (2017). Dinamiche di gruppo e tecniche di gruppo nel lavoro educativo e formativo. Milano: Franco Angeli.
Mastromarino R. (2016). La gestione dei gruppi. Le competenze per gestire e facilitare i processi di gruppo
Milano: Franco Angeli.
Venturelli E., Cigala A. (2017). Lo sviluppo dei bambini tra continuità e cambiamento: le sezioni sperimentali zero-sei anni. Verso un sistema educativo integrato. Azzano San Paolo: Junior, Spaggiari.

Teaching methods

The course takes place in the presence, the lessons will also be available in streaming in asynchronous mode on the Teams platform. The video-record of the lessons and some materials will be uploaded on the Elly platform. To promote the active participation in the course by all students, will be proposed different activities both individual and small group through the use of resources present in Elly, such as discussion forums and reports. Some practical exercises will also be proposed in order to facilitate the process of operational declination of the learning
All these methodologies will be very useful to facilitate the acquisition of the following skills: learning, application of knowledge in real life, independent judgment and communication.

Assessment methods and criteria

At the end of the course there is an oral exam. The oral exam consists of a presentation about a topic chosen by the student and three other questions. The questions are aimed to assess the knowledge, skills and competence acquired, the autonomy of judgment, and the ability to communicate and apply the knowledge to the context. The answer to each question is evaluated in 30ths according to the criteria presented, and the final vote derives from the average of the scores achieved in the 4 questions. The exam is passed if the student reaches an overall scoring of at least 18.

Other information

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