Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Educational Research

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Educational goals

The PhD program aims at providing an advanced research training on the different fields of Social Psychology, with particular attention to: on the one hand (a) the theoretical and methodological aspects of the field, and on the other hand (b) the focus on some specific thematic domains characterizing this research filed, especially at an international level. In this perspective, the PhD program consists of four main formative curricula, differently focused on these two aspects and variously internationalized, as specified below. A) CURRICULUM ON SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY This doctoral program is intended to provide an advanced research training. After this program students are expected to be able to conduct autonomous research activity in several social psychology domains (e.g. processes and contents of social cognition, attitudes and their change, interpersonal relationships, group processes and social influence, social communication, prejudice, intergroup relations and social identity) and with reference to different areas and contexts such as: the health, the political, the economical, the intercultural and the organizational ones. Furthermore this doctoral program aims at providing advanced research training for operating in different areas of Environmental Psychology, with the aim of ( a) understanding psychological processes that occur between people and daily life environments, with particular attention to their physical and technological features ( environmental perceptions and attitudes, environmentally relevant or ‘ecological’ behaviors, place attachment and identity, environmental satisfaction, ,pro-environmental intentions, participation and commitment, etc.) and (b) collaborating with other disciplinary and technical fields in charge of designing and managing these environments. To this aim the students will be provided with: - Advanced awareness of different theoretical paradigms in social psychology; - Updated knowledge of recent developments of research on cognitive processes (controlled and automatic ones) and of self-regulation; - An adequate knowledge and experience background able to develop the capacity of collaborating with the various disciplinary fields traditionally linked to the interests of environmental psychology, such as architecture, urban planning, bio-ecological sciences, environmental management, etc. - Strong methodological expertise, both in terms of ability to design studies operationally coherent with the chosen theoretical and epistemological paradigms, and with the context in which they are conducted (laboratory vs. field studies), both in terms of qualitative and quantitative data analysis expertise. B) DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY AND EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH This doctoral program provides research expertise in educational settings and developmental psychology. With regard to educational research, the goal is to carry out research projects related to education (vocational training and apprenticeships), teachers training, educational policies. With regard to research in the field of developmental psychology, the goal is to provide advanced knowledge of the methods and techniques of research in developmental psychology. Students will learn the ability to plan, define and develop research in the study of different biological, social, and cultural aspects related to the development of children and adolescents, with special attention to the development of social skills, cognitive and emotional. Furthermore the doctoral program provides a specialized training within an innovative and interdisciplinary perspective that refers to a cultural, post-modern, socio-constructionist psychology. Psychological processes are considered as emergent products of social and discursive interaction among participants in specific socio-cultural systems of everyday activity (such as families, workplaces, educational settings).

Exam - Oral

Giorno: 24/9/2018 Ora: 09:30 Aula: Aula Ponzo Indirizzo: Via dei Marsi, 78

Tests - Evaluation of qualifications

Giorno: 12/7/2018 Ora: 09:30 Aula: Aula Ponzo Indirizzo: Via dei Marsi, 78


Membri effettivi

Prof.ssa Anna Salerni - Sapienza Università di Roma
Prof. Fiorenzo Laghi - Sapienza Università di Roma
Prof.ssa Gilda Sensales - Sapienza Università di Roma
Prof. Giorgio Asquini - Sapienza Università di Roma
Prof. Luigi Leone - Sapienza Università di Roma

Membri supplenti

Prof.ssa Emma Baumgartner - Sapienza Università di Roma
Prof. Fabio Presaghi - Sapienza Università di Roma
Prof.ssa Giordana Szpunar - Sapienza Università di Roma
Prof. Mauro Giacomantonio - Sapienza Università di Roma
Prof.ssa Patrizia Sposetti - Sapienza Università di Roma



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