Child Development Psychology

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1. To acquire information on child development in its cognitive, motor, affective, social and moral dimensions;

2. To identify factors that influence Development and understand how they act together;

3. To build a conceptual grid capable of guiding future professional practice;

4. To relate knowledge about child development to child behavior;

5. To detect regularities and specificities in the perspectives of children, both from the analysis of children's dialogues, and from questioning children in interviews-conversations;

6. To derive implications from course content regarding pedagogical decisions and interventions;

7. To develop attitudes of observation, research and reflection.


1. Conceptual framework of child development. History and methods of Developmental Psychology

2. Factors responsible for Development, and their interaction: Heredity and environmental influences on development.

3. Prenatal development, birth and infancy

4. Theories on Human Development

5. Psycho-motor Development

6. Language Development

7. Pre-Representation of Mathematical Logic

8. Affectivity and Social Interaction

9. Moral Development.

Teaching Methodologies

This curricular unit combines expository instruction with approaches of a more practical nature, based on theoretical content derived from lecture instruction.


Bee, H. (2009). Lifespan Development. Boston: Pearson International Edition.

Berk, L. (2006). Child development, 7th ed. Boston: Pearson.

Coll, C. (1995). Desenvolvimento psicológico e educação. Psicologia Evolutiva. Porto Alegre: Artes Médicas.

Lourenço, O. (2005). Psicologia de desenvolvimento cognitivo : teoria, dados e implicações, 2ª ed.. Coimbra: Liv. Almedina.

Papalia, D.E., Olds, S.W., Feldman, R.D. (2009). Human Development. N.Y.: McGraw-Hill.

Schaffer, D. R. (2005). Psicologia do Desenvolvimento – Infância e Adolescência. São Paulo: THOMSON.



ECTS Credits



  • Orientação Tutorial - 18 hours
  • Teórico-Práticas - 45 hours

Evaluation Methodology

  • 1st Frequency: 25%
  • 2nd Frequency: 25%
  • Individual and/or Group Work: 30%
  • Practice sheet: 20%