Child Development Psychology

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Learning aims:

1. Stimulate the progressive construction of a theoretical position that will guide future educational practice;

2. Encourage the construction of an attitude of observation, research and reflection on the many issues related to child development;

3. Contribute to the development of strategies for self-reporting and self-learning, focusing on achievement of autonomy in the learning process;


1. Understand what characterizes child development on a cognitive, motor, emotional, social and moral level.

2. Relate knowledge about child development with child behavior;

3. Identify the factors involved in child development and the way they express their influence;

4. Analyze the various theories on child development;

5. Acquire instrumental skills necessary for the observation and analysis of child development,

6. Develop skills on self-education and research habits.


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 new-born

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 theoretical and practical classes.


Baltes, P., Reese, H., & Nesselroade, J. (1988). Life-span developmental psychology: Introduction to research methods. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

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

Bowby, J. (1984) - Apego. S. Paulo: Martins Fontes.

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

Feldman, R (2006). Development across the Life Span. NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.

Papalia, D.E., Olds, S.W., Feldman, R.D. (2007). Human Development. N.Y.: McGraw-Hill.

Piaget, J. (1977). Seis estudos de Psicologia. Lisboa: D. Quixote.

Piaget, J; Inhelder, B (1979). A psicologia da criança. Do nascimento à adolescência. Lisboa: Moraes Editores.

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

Vygotsky, L.S. (2001). Construção do pensamento e da linguagem. S. Paulo: Martins Fontes.



ECTS Credits



  • Teóricas - 30 hours
  • Teórico-Práticas - 30 hours

Evaluation Methodology

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