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Developmental and Educational Psychology


Students of the Dutch bachelor’s programme, see Ontwikkelings- en onderwijspsychologie

Entry requirements



Developmental and Educational Psychology focuses on processes of development, maturation and learning throughout childhood and youth (prenatal to approximately 21 years old).

Course objectives

At the end of this course, the student can:
1) define the key terms of developmental and educational psychology (i.e, the terms for the important concepts, theories and research methods) and apply them to examples;
2) indicate the major social, emotional, cognitive and language developments that may be expected in children; and
3) indicate the major influences on development in children (i.e., the underlying mechanisms of change).


For the timetable of this course please refer to MyTimetable



Students must register themselves for all course components (lectures, tutorials and practicals) they wish to follow. You can register up to 5 days prior to the start of the course. The exception here is that first-year bachelor students are assigned and registered for all components in the first semester or academic year by the administration of their bachelor programme. The programme will communicate to these students for which course components and for which period the registration applies.


It is mandatory for all students, including first-year bachelor students, to register for each exam and to confirm registration for each exam in My Studymap. This is possible up to and including 10 calendar days prior to the examination. You cannot take an exam without a valid pre-registration and confirmation in My Studymap.

Carefully read all information about the procedures and deadlines for registering for courses and exams.

Students who take this course as part of a LDE minor or a premaster programme, exchange students and external guest students will be informed by the education administration about the current registration procedure.

Mode of instruction

  • 8 2-hour lectures

  • 4 2-hour work group sessions

Assessment method

The assessment consists of an exam and a so-called ‘second assessment component’. Both address all learning objectives, and both lead to a constituent grade.

The exam consists of 48 four-choice questions, divided into 8 sets of 6 questions. The 8 sets correspond to the 8 weeks of the course. The weight of the exam grade in the final grade is 70%.

The second assessment component consists of study questions and workgroup assignments. The weight of the second assessment grade in the final grade is 30%.

The Institute of Psychology uses fixed rules for grade calculation and compulsory attendance. It also follows the policy of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences to systematically check student papers for plagiarism with the help of software. Disciplinary measures will be taken when fraud is detected. Students are expected to be familiar with and understand the implications of these three policies.

Literatuur / Reading list

Siegler, R., Saffran, J. R., Gershoff, E., Eisenberg, N., & Leaper, C. (2020). How Children Develop. 6th edition; ISBN: 9781319324483. New York: Worth Publishers.

Contact information

Dr. Ili Ma