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Developmental and Educational Psychology


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


NOTE As of the academic year 2021-2022, you must register for all courses in uSis. You do this twice a year: once for the courses you want to take in semester 1 and once for the courses you want to take in semester 2.
Registration for courses in the first semester is possible from July. Registration for courses in the first semester is possible from December.
The exact date on which the registration starts will be published on the website of the Student Service Center (SSC). First year Bachelor students as well as premaster students will be registered by the Student Service Center; they do not need to register themselves.

The registration period for all courses closes five calendar days before the start of the course.
Also read the complete 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; INTERNATIONAL EDITION; ISBN:9781319184568. New York: Worth Publishers. Price hardcover 74,11. Price ebook 55,13

Contact information

Dr. Ili Ma