Class Cognition in the Life Cycle

  • Presentation


    This course aims to provide a perspective of development throughout life, conceptualizing the different stages of the life cycle and resulting from both external (e.g. environmental) and internal factors (i.e. genetic). 

  • Code


  • Syllabus



    1. Introduction to the perspective of lifelong development

    1.1. Concept, contexts and factors of lifelong development

    1.2. Theoretical Models on Child, Adolescent and Adult Development

    1.3. Methodological considerations on human life-cycle development research

    2. Principles of cerebral development

    2.1. Development of the functional systems

    2.2. Parallelisms between cerebral and cognitive development

    3. Cognitive and socio-cognitive development throughout the life cycle

    3.1. Changes in cognitive functions: attention and memory, language, decision making and executive control. 

    3.2. Developmental tasks and socio-cognitive development in the life cycle

    3.3. Main neurodevelopmental disorders

    4. Cognitive Development and Education: Mutual Implications

    4.1. The classroom as a context for cognitive development

    4.2. Metacognition and self-regulated learning 


  • Objectives


    The objectives are focused on acquiring knowledge in the following points: 1) provide scientific knowledge about cognitive development throughout life; 2) contribute to understanding the implications of theories of cognitive development for teaching and learning. The following competences are: a) ability to understand development across the life course (e.g. development of cognitive/executive functions and age-related expected capacities such as the phases corresponding to childhood, adolescence or adulthood); b) scientific literacy in the field of human development. 

  • References


    Berk, L. (2017). Development Through the Lifespan. Boston: Pearson.

    Ludvik, M. J. B. (2016). The Neuroscience of Learning and Development: Enhancing Creativity, Compassion, Critical Thinking, and Peace in Higher Education. Sterling, USA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

    Newman, B.M. & Newman, P.R. (2015). Development Through Life: A Psychological Approach (12a Edition). Stamford: Cengage Learning.

    Woolfolk, A. (2017). Educational psychology. Active learning edition (12th ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon. 

    Sousa, D. A. (2010). Mind, Brain and Education: Neuroscience implications for classroom. Bloomington, USA. Solution Tree Press. 

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