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Developmental and Educational Psychology

Course
2024-2025

Please note: this course information is a direct copy from academic year 2023-2024. This information has not yet been adjusted to the new annual schedule which will be implemented within the Psychology programme from academic year 2024-2025 onwards. Additional changes in content may follow shortly.

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

Entry requirements

None

Description

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).

Timetable

For the timetable of this course please refer to MyTimetable

Registration

Education

First-year bachelor students are assigned and registered for all components in the first 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. All other students (excl. minor and exchange) 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.

Exams

You must register for each exam in My Studymap at least 10 days before the exam date. Don’t forget! For more information, see the enrolment procedure.
You cannot take an exam without a valid registration 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

  • 7 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 7 sets of 7 questions. The 7 sets correspond to the 7 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. 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. All students are required to take and pass the Scientific Integrity Test with a score of 100% in order to learn about the practice of integrity in scientific writing. Students are given access to the quiz via a module on Brightspace. Disciplinary measures will be taken when fraud is detected. Students are expected to be familiar with and understand the implications of these two 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 i.ma@fsw.leidenuniv.nl