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Educational Psychology

Code: LPSI207     Acronym: PE

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Psychology

Instance: 2021/2022 - 2S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Psychology
Course/CS Responsible: First degree in Psychology

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PSIC 198 Official Curricular Structure 2 - 6 54 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Isabel Maria Salvador Macedo Pinto Abreu Lima

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 2,00
Theoretical and practical : 1,50
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 2,00
Isabel Maria Salvador Macedo Pinto Abreu Lima 1,00
Joana Dias Cadima 1,00
Theoretical and practical Totals 5 7,50
Joana Dias Cadima 3,75
Isabel Maria Salvador Macedo Pinto Abreu Lima 3,75
Mais informaçõesLast updated on 2022-01-06.

Fields changed: Components of Evaluation and Contact Hours

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


At the end of the unit students should be able to: Demonstrate knowledge of the contributions of Educational Psychology to the study and understanding of human behavior and development in educational settings.
Develop an integrated perspective on Educational Psychology and its relations with other theoretical and applied psychological domains.
Acquire knowledge on the process of teaching and learning in educational contexts in different developmental periods, and to iknow/identify theoretical models relevant for its understanding. 
Be acquainted with practical aplications of Eductional Psychology in formal an informal educational contexts, and in early intervention  
Know relevant research in the area.


Learning outcomes and competences

The aim is that students  master the objectives defined. Mastery implies that students know the most relevant information transmited in classes, are able to answer general and specific questions on the subject , to aply information in educational situations and contexts, and are able to elaborate critically regarding all topics of the syllabus.
Presence and participation in classes and in the activities during classes is considered crucial to attain the stated goals. 

Working method



1. Introduction -  Relevant contributions to the scope and goal of Educational Psychology.

2. Human development and educational settings.
2.1 Bronfenbrenners' bioechological model; risks and opportunities at different levels of the ecological system.

2.2 The contributions of  Vygotsky to undersanding and intervention in educational settings and processes. Teaching and Learning processes in classrooms.

3. Educational settings: Family
3.1 Educational approach to parenting
3.2  Models of Family-school relations

4. Educational settings: schools and formal contexts

4. 1 School organizational models and academic performance: contemporary aproaches.
4.2 Team work models and colaboration. 
4.3 The role of the educational psychologist in formal educational settings.

- legislation requirements for the Pscyhological services in schools
- Current situation of educational psychologist: challenges and dilemas.

4.4 Inclusive education: current trends.

Mandatory literature

Santrock; Educational Psychology, McGraw-Hill, 2008
Sprinthall Norman A.; Psicologia educacional. ISBN: 972-9241-37-6
Bronfenbrenner, U., & Morris, P. A. ; The ecology of developmental processes, 1998
I. B. Weiner, Series Ed; Handbook of psychology: Volume 7: Educational psychology , Reynolds, W. M., & Miller, G. E. (Eds.). , 2003
Vygotsky, L. S. ; Educational Psychology., Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 1997

Teaching methods and learning activities

Theoretical exposition by the teacher. Small group work that includes topic discussions and/or writing essays on suggested topics, or aplication exercices. Observing and comenting selected videos.  
Study of a theme in small group.
Visits to educational settings.


Social sciences > Psychological sciences > Psychology > Educational psychology
Social sciences > Psychological sciences > Psychology > Educational psychology

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Exame 80,00
Trabalho prático ou de projeto 20,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 74,00
Frequência das aulas 56,00
Elaboração de projeto 24,00
Trabalho de campo 8,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

Minimum attendance in classroom according to regulation (presence in at least 3/4 of classes). Participation in classes is advised. Students may be required to use the moodle platform to hand in academic ativities.
Details on evaluation activities will be provided in the first classes.

Calculation formula of final grade

Final score (NF) is the average between grade in a final examination (NF) and participation grade (NP) according to the formula NF= MEAN (NEF*.80 + NP*.20 )

Final score can not be inferior to 9.5 (out of 20).

The exam will be done on the moodle platform.

Examinations or Special Assignments

Meeting with teacher is mandatory at the beginning of semester for students in special circunstances.

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

Students in special circumstances may be dispensed from attending the classes. For that purpose, they will need the teacher's permission and agreement.

Classification improvement

Students may apply to improve grade according to regulation, only one time, on the recuperation period following the year where aprroval was obtained provided that the CU is on-going. The criteria used to calculate the grade will be the same as during their first exam, and it is only possible to increase the final exam grade, the other components and its respctive value, if existent, remaining unchanged.


Due to the need to adapt the assessment procedure to the current conditions, the following changes are made for the current academic year. These changes may be anulled in the year 2020-21:

 - the evaluation will be distributed without final exam

- 4 tasks will be performed by the students corresponding to 3 written works in groups (T1, T2 and T3) and an individual work (T4). The planning for these works and their contents is available on the Moodle platform, which will also be introduced alongside the classes. All tasks must be delivered through the Moodle platform.

- The final grade will be obtained using the following formula:

Average grade in group assignments x 60% + Grade in individual assignment x 40%

On what:

Average grade in group tasks (T1 + T2 + T3) / 3

Note in the individual task - T4

The final face-to-face written exam will be available only to working students who so wish, thus being exempt from carrying out written tasks. However, they can adhere to the format of regular students, applying the same formula and in this case there is no place for a final exam.

Erasmus students who do not speak Portuguese will also be able to opt for the final exam in person, thus being exempted from carrying out the tasks. In this case, the exam will be conducted in English if students so wish.

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