Adolescence Psychology - EFQ

Ano letivo: 2014-2015
Specification sheet

Specific details
course codecycle os studiesacademic semestercredits ECTSteaching language

Learning goals

To develop an understanding of adolescence and the mastery of skills that facilitate the establishment of educational interactions and the promotion of pupils' global development and learning.


I - Human development

1. Human development as a complex biopsychosocial phenomenon.

2. Growth factors and development tasks.

II - The development in adolescence

1. The complexity and heterogeneity of development in adolescence.

2. Adolescent development: main areas and tasks.

3. Physiological and psychosexual developments.

4. Cognitive development and learning.

5. Moral development and values education.

6. Social and psycho-sociological determinants.

7. The development of identity: synthesis and consolidation.

III - Some aspects of the adolescent experience

1. The adolescents and school life.

2. Socialization in adolescence.

3. Teenagers' health education.


There are not prerequisites

Generic skills to reach
. Competence in oral and written communication;
. Competence in interpersonal relations;
. Competence in understanding the language of other specialists;
. Ethical commitment;
. Competence in applying theoretical knowledge in practice;
. Competence to solve problems;
. Competence in working in interdisciplinary teams;
. Valuing diversity and multiculturalism;
. Adaptability to new situations;
. Self-criticism and self-evaluation;
(by decreasing order of importance)
Teaching hours per semester
laboratory classes30
total of teaching hours75

Sseminar or study visit10 %
Laboratory or field work10 %
Synthesis work thesis20 %
Exam50 %
Other10 %
assessment implementation in 20142015
Assessment Case Studies: 10.0%
Laboratory work or Field work: 10.0%
Report of a seminar or field trip: 10.0%
Synthesis work: 20.0%
Exam: 50.0%

Bibliography of reference

Braconnier, A. e Marcelli, D. (2000). As mil faces da adolescência. Lisboa. Climepsi.

Claes, M. (1985). Os problemas da adolescência. Lisboa. Verbo.

Campos, B. (1997) (Cord.). Psicologia do desenvolvimento e educação dos jovens I. Lisboa. Univ. Aberta.

Miranda, G. e Bahia, S. (2005). Psicologia da educação: temas de desenvolvimento, aprendizagem e ensino. Lisboa. Relógio d’Água.

Flemming, M. (2005). Entre o medo e o desejo de crescer: psicologia da adolescência. Porto. Afrontamento.

Sprinthall, N. e Collins, W. (1994). Psicologia do adolescente. Lisboa. FCG.

Sprinthall, N. e Sprinthall, R. (1993). Psicologia educacional. Lisboa. McGraw-Hill.

Teaching method

The content development will be based on theoretical and empirical contributions presented in class or explored through research and synthesis essays.

These approaches will be complemented with case studies focusing on various aspects of adolescent experience.

The methodology of case study may be associated with simulation and role playing strategies.

It will also be undertaken study visits, as well as small researchs in the field of schools, involving the analysis of intervention projects related to the themes addressed.

Resources used

Será condição preferencial a existência de protocolos com escolas, permitindo o contacto dos estudantes com alunos e outros intervenientes no processo educativo, nomeadamente no sentido da observação e análise de projectos de intervenção relacionados com as temáticas abordadas.