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“Professors tend to lose sight of what is actually happening in the classroom; consequently, case studies like those presented here add realism to the often dry classroom lectures and abstract discussions.”
—James Furukawa, Towson University
This compilation of over 25 concise yet highly detailed cases helps students apply their knowledge of educational psychology and theory to the classroom. The cases found in the book are original and based on real life scenarios that span the K-12 curriculum and incorporate a range of issues including exceptional populations, diverse students, and the use of technology.
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Part I. HUMAN DEVELOPMENT.
Case 1: A Typical Day.
Cognitive Development: Piaget & Vygotsky
Case 2: Resolutions.
Social Development: Self-concept, Self-Esteem, & Erikson
Case 3: Choices.
Moral Development: Piaget and Kohlberg
Case 4: Identity Lost.
Social/Identity Development: Erikson and Marcia
Part II. INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES AND DIVERSITY.
Case 5: Multiple Intelligences goes to the Rainforest.
Intelligence: Multiple intelligences, Sternberg, Gardner, & Controversies
Case 6: Home and School Culture.
Culture and Ethnicity: SES, Discrimination, Bilingualism,
Case 7: Teaching Jack and Jill.
Gender Roles: Biological, Socialization, Stereotyping,
Differences in Academic Domains, Gender Sensitive Teaching
Case 8: Sink or Swim?
Exceptionalities: ADHD, Learning Disabilities, & IDEA
Part III. LEARNING THEORIES.
Case 9: The Note.
Case 10: The Shakespearean Dilemma.
Case 11: The Project.
Social Cognitive Theory: Reciprocal Determinism &
Case 12: Mars in Review.
Cognitive Theories: Information Processing & Metacognition
Case 13: Going Back in Time.
Social Constructivism: Situated Cognition, Tutoring, Cooperative
Learning, Authentic Instruction, & Problem-Based Learning
Case 14: Getting Acquainted.
Applications of Operant Conditioning: Schedules, Peer Tutoring,
Contracts & Punishment
Part IV. MOTIVATION.
Case 15: Backfired.
Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation
Case 16: Giving Up.
Attributions, Self-Efficacy, Self-Regulation, & Goal Theory
Case 17: To Belong or Not to Belong.
Maslow’s Need Hierarchy
Part V. CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT.
Case 18: Interruptions.
Handling Problem Behaviors: Behavioral Approaches
Case 19: Parents’ Night.
Effective Communication with Parents: Parent Involvement
Case 20: The Rule Breaker.
Classroom Management: Baumrind Styles/Teacher Efficacy
Case 21: Purposeful Deliberations.
Instruction: Learner vs. Teacher-Centered
Part VI. ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION
Case 22: Standardized Testing: A Call to Arms.
Standardized Tests: Evaluating, Interpreting, Aptitude vs.
Achievement, Teacher’s Role, Issues & Controversies
Case 23: Meaningful Classroom Assessment.
Classroom Assessments: Traditional vs. Alternative, Formative vs. Summative, & Evaluating
Educator Accomplished Practices Matrix
PRAXIS II Matrix