General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Advanced seminar: Developmental assessment – a cultural-historical view
Language English
Module lecturer dr Sławomir Jabłoński
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position senior lecturer
Faculty Faculty of Psychology and Cognitive Science
Semester 2023/2024 (winter)
Duration 30
USOS code 23-PIE-DAV


24 hrs (x 45 minutes): 12 every week group meetings (Fridays, 9.45-11.15 am, first classes on October 20)

6 hrs: individual consultations for help in preparing final written work

Meetings and consultations take place at the Ogrody Campus AMU (Poznań, Szamarzewskiego 89, building AB, room 81)



Module aim (aims)

To provide knowledge concerning cultural-historical theory in psychology

To provide knowledge about psychological methods of developmental assessment

To develop the ability of observing and analysing child's activity from psychological perspective

To develop skills related to study-experiment design

To improve interpersonal communication skills and working in groups ability

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

It is assumed that students already know the most basic concepts of developmental psychology, have ability to read scientific papers in English and are ready to work in small teams


The seminar focuses on the cultural-historical approach to the assessment of development in children. The seminar will focus on analysing of empirical experiments which test developmental changes in behaviour of children and underlying cognitive and/or emotional processes. Goals for students in this course include an in depth understanding of: 1) basic methods of developmental assessment, 2) scientific versus individual approach to evaluation of development, 3) methodological problems in diagnosing child development.

Reading list

  1. Jabłoński, S. (2015). Assessment of literacy development from cultural-historical perspective. International Journal of Arts and Sciences, 8, 1, 133-146.
  2. Mackenzie, N., Veresov, N. (2013). How drawing can support writing acquisition:
    Text construction in eariy writing from a Vygotskian perspective. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 38, 4, 22-29.
  3. van der Veer, R. (1994). The concept of development and the development of concepts. Education and development in Vygotsky’s thinking. European Journal of Psychology of Education, IX, 4, 293-300.
  4. Veresov, N. (2010). Introducing cultural-historical theory: main concepts and principles of genetic research methodology. Cultural-Historical Psychology, 4, 83-90.