Essentials of Educational Psychology / Edition 2

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The first book of its kind, Essentials of Educational Psychology focuses squarely on the core concepts, principles, and underlying assumptions of the field of educational psychology–the big ideas of ed psych. Because of this focus and the book’s exceptionally direct and clear presentation, Essentials is a 10 chapter book that can truly be covered and understood in a term. It is a book that enables and empowers students to understand the value and essential importance of educational psychology to becoming a qualified and quality teacher.

What instructors and students who have used Essentials say about the text:

“I have had many students each term tell me that this is the most readable and practical textbook they have ever read. . . .[Essentials] is something that [Ormrod] wrote after considering her students’ needs! This comes out in the writing style but in a way that also maintains the rigor of the content and uses the most recent understandings in the field”

Mark J. Szymanski

Pacific University

“This text creates an integrated and engaging narrative that adeptly weaves theories and concepts of learning, motivation, and development into classroom teaching. . . .Not only is the text a pleasure to read, but it is also a pleasure to teach using this text. . . .This format is sensitive to the length of semesters, and frees instructors from rushing from one chapter to the next or covering multiple chapters in a single week. As such, instructors have greater flexibility to explore the topics with students.”

Cecil Robinson

The University of Alabama

“Other texts present information that is often bogged down with dry descriptions of research and abstract concepts. Ormrod has an outstanding ability to make content accessible to and interesting for undergraduate students. . . .Also, examples and suggestions are clearly related to chapter content and helpful for tying content to actual classroom practice. We recommend that students keep this textbook because it will be a useful reference for them when they actually begin teaching.”

Rhoda Cummings

University of Nevada, Reno

“I have found no other textbook author who prepares adolescent behavior and development, child behavior and development, or beginning educational psychology texts…as clearly as Ormrod.”

William M. Gray

University of Toledo

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780135035276
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 4/25/2008
  • Series: MyEducationLab Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Educational Psychology

Case Study: Starting High School

Basic Assumptions of Educational Psychology

Strategies for Learning and Studying Effectively

2. Learning, Cognition, and Memory

Case Study: The New World

Learning as a Constructive Process

Thinking and Learning in the Brain

How Human Memory Works

Why Learners May or May Not Remember What They've Learned

Promoting Effective Cognitive Processes

3. Learning in Context

Case Study: Ben and Sylvia

The Immediate Environment as Context

Social Interaction as Context

Culture and Society as Context

How Learners Affect Their Environment

Providing Supportive Contexts for Learning

4. Higher-Level Cognitive Processes

Case Study: Taking Over




Problem Solving and Creativity

Critical Thinking

Promoting Higher-Level Cognitive Processes

5. Cognitive Development

Case Study: Hidden Treasure

General Principles of Development

Developmental Processes

Trends in Cognitive Development


Addressing Students' Developmental Needs

6. Motivation and Affect

Case Study: Passing Algebra

Basic Human Needs

How Motivation Affects Behavior and Cognition

Cognitive Factors in Motivation

Affect and Its Effects

Promoting Motivation and Positive Affect

7. Personal and Social Development

Case Study: The School Play

Personality and Sense of Self

Peer Relationships

Social Cognition

Moral and Prosocial Development

Promoting Personal and Social Development

8. Instructional Strategies

Case Study: The Oregon Trail

Planning Instruction

Conducting Teacher-Directed Instruction

Conducting Learner-Directed Instruction

General Instructional Strategies

9. Strategies for Creating an Effective Classroom Environment

Case Study: A Contagious Situation

Creating an Environment Conducive to Learning

Expanding the Sense of Community Beyond the Classroom

Reducing Unproductive Behaviors

Addressing Aggression and Violence at School

10. Assessment Strategies

Case Study: Akeem

Using Assessment for Different Purposes

Important Qualities of Good Assessment

Conducting Informal Assessments

Designing and Giving Formal Assessments

Evaluating Students' Performance on Formal Assessments

Summarizing Students' Achievement with Grades and Portfolios

Assessing Students' Achievement with Standardized Tests

Appendix A Answers to "Practice for Your Licensure Exam Exercises"

Appendix B Interpreting Standardized Test Scores

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