Educational Psychology: Theory and Practiceby Robert E. Slavin
Pub. Date: 05/28/2008
Publisher: Pearson Publications
This popular book from renowned educational psychologist Robert Slavin translates theory into practices that teachers can use in their classrooms with a further inquiry into the concept of intentionality. An "intentional teacher," according to Slavin, is one who constantly reflects on his or her practices and makes instructional decisions based on a clear conception of how these practices affect students. To help readers become "intentional teachers," the author offers a set of questions to guide them and models best practices through classroom examples. Educational Psychology prepares teachers as no other text does. It teaches them to think about how students develop and learn, to make decisions before and during instruction, and to consider what constitutes evidence that their students are learning and succeeding. This edition includes new sections on brain research, expanded coverage of Title I, programs for language minority students, and comprehensive school reform. It contains new critiques of assessment and accountability strategies, and a substantially updated treatment of programming for students with special needs. A new feature, "Technology Cases," presents practical uses of technology related to the contents of the chapters. A self-check feature, appearing throughout the chapters, links chapter contents to INTASC standards, and self assessments at the end of each chapter are linked to the content and format of PRAXIS. Designed for anyone interested in educational psychology or in the psychology of learning.
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Table of Contents
1. Educational Psychology: A Foundation for Teaching.
What Makes a Good Teacher?
What Is the Role of Research in Educational Psychology?
What Research Methods Are Used in Educational Psychology?
2. Theories of Development.
What Are Some Views of Human Development?
How Did Piaget View Cognitive Development?
How Is Piaget's Work Viewed Today?
How Did Vygotsky View Cognitive Development?
How Did Erikson View Personal and Social Development?
What Are Some Theories of Moral Development?
3. Development During Childhood and Adolescence.
How Do Children Develop During the Preschool Years?
What Kinds of Early Childhood Education Programs Exist?
How Do Children Develop During the Elementary Years?
How Do Children Develop During the Middle School and High School Years?
4. Student Diversity.
What Is the Impact of Culture on Teaching and Learning?
How Does Socioeconomic Status Affect Student Achievement?
How Do Ethnicity and Race Affect Students' School Experiences?
How Do Language Differences and Bilingual Programs Affect Student Achievement?
What Is Multicultural Education?
How Do Gender and Gender Bias Affect Students' School Experiences?
How Do Students Differ in Intelligence and Learning Styles?
5. Behavioral Theories of Learning.
What Is Learning?
What Behavioral Learning Theories Have Evolved?
What Are Some Principles of Behavioral Learning?
How Has Social Learning Theory Contributed to Our Understanding of Human Learning?
6. Information Processing and Cognitive Theories of Learning.
What Is an Information-Processing Model?
What Causes People to Remember or Forget?
How Can Memory Strategies Be Taught?
What Makes Information Meaningful?
How Do Metacognitive Skills Help Students Learn?
What Study Strategies Help Students Learn?
How Do Cognitive Teaching Strategies Help Students Learn?
7. The Effective Lesson .
What Is Direct Instruction?
How Is a Direct Instruction Lesson Taught?
What Does Research on Direct Instruction Methods Suggest?
How Do Students Learn and Transfer Concepts?
How Are Discussions Used in Instruction?
8. Student-Centered and Constructivist Approaches to Instruction.
What Is the Constructivist View of Learning?
How Is Cooperative Learning Used in Instruction?
How Are Problem-Solving and Thinking Skills Taught?
9. Accommodating Instruction to Meet Individual Needs.
What Are Elements of Effective Instruction Beyond a Good Lesson?
How Are Students Grouped to Accommodate Achievement Differences?
What Is Mastery Learning?
What Are Some Ways of Individualizing Instruction?
How is Technology Used in Education?
What Educational Programs Exist for Students Placed at Risk?
10. Motivating Students to Learn.
What Is Motivation?
What Are Some Theories of Motivation?
How Can Achievement Motivation Be Enhanced?
How Can Teachers Increase Students' Motivation to Learn?
How Can Teachers Reward Performance, Effort, and Improvement?
11. Effective Learning Environments.
What Is an Effective Learning Environment?
What Is the Impact of Time on Learning?
What Practices Contribute to Effective Classroom Management?
What Are Some Strategies for Managing Routine Misbehavior?
How Is Applied Behavior Analysis Used to Manage More Serious Behavior Problems?
How Can Serious Behavior Problems Be Prevented?
12. Learners with Exceptionalities.
Who Are Learners with Exceptionalities?
What Is Special Education?
What Is Inclusion?
13. Assessing Student Learning.
What Are Instructional Objectives and How Are They Used?
Why Is Evaluation Important?
How Is Student Learning Evaluated?
How Are Tests Constructed?
What Are Authentic, Portfolio, and Performance Assessments?
How Are Grades Determined?
14. Standardized Tests.
What Are Standardized Tests and How Are They Used?
What Types of Standardized Tests Are Given?
How Are Standardized Tests Interpreted?
What Are Some Issues Concerning Standardized and Classroom Testing?
What Testing Information Is Available on the Internet?
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I'm a prospective teacher and we had to use this book for our Educational Psychology class. It was easy to understand and highlights the main concepts. If I wasn't so rushed this semester it would have been enjoyable to read if only to better understand the subject matter.