Essentials of Educational Psychology

9780131723146: Essentials of Educational Psychology

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.

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“I was really impressed with this book.  Essentials presents a welcomed alternative to currently available formats, and represents a change that will help reshape how educational psychology is taught, and more importantly perceived among teacher education candidates, from that of a disjointed set of theories to be learned for exit examinations and national certification to a coherent body of knowledge that informs teachers as they develop their teaching craft.”

— Dr. Cecil Robinson, The University of Alabama



 “...I’ll admit I’m a fan of this text.  Having read it from start to finish, I certainly feel comfortable with the information presented, really enjoyed the authentic documents used to illustrate or capture the “student voice,” and found the author’s view of how to teach children and adolescents consistent with my own view and the view I try to foster in my students... I found it a pleasure to read and appreciated the author’s clear writing style.”

--Ty Binfet, Ph.D., Loyola Marymount University



“This text is unique in that it provides ample coverage of educational psychology topics in nine instead of the usual 15-16 chapters.  It is much more readable and makes sometimes complex material interesting.  The author does not get bogged down in research as one or two other ed psych texts do... This text provides the most readable yet comprehensive content of any text I have seen so far.  It is the most appropriate text for undergraduate students that I have seen.  I would certainly consider adopting this text.”

–Rhoda Cummings, Ed. D., University of Nevada, Reno 



 “...What makes this text different is the depth in which the author explores some issues and offers very good examples and exercises to illustrate points.  I found the text compelling, more compelling than most similar texts.  Usually these texts leave me rather cold: inundating me with material and being very busy–i.e. tables, graphs, margin boxes, and so forth.  While this text has these features, the narrative carried the day for me... I would definitely consider using this text.”

– Robert B. Faux, University of Pittsburgh

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