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The most applied book available, it contextualizes educational psychology within real classrooms.
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Exceptionally practical and current in focus, this comprehensive exploration of all major topics in educational psychology shows students clearly the many ways in which EP concepts really apply to -- and can enhance -- the work of the classroom teacher.From the Inside Flap:
Educational psychology continues to rapidly change and evolve, and we have written the fifth edition to reflect this progress. At the same time, however, we remain true to our original goals in writing this book: to provide you, our readers, with a text that effectively applies educational psychology to the real world. The implications of educational psychology has learning and teaching remain the core of our text. The subtitle "Windows on Classrooms" refers to our active portrayal of true classroom scenarios, which continue to be essential. We liberally use case studies and vignettes taken from actual classrooms to make the content of the text concrete and understandable. This practice is grounded in learning theory and is consistent with the latest learning and motivation research.
We introduce each chapter with a detailed classroom case to provide an applied framework for the chapter content. Frequent references to the case, including specific portions of dialogue, illustrate chapter topics and emphasize application in classroom settings. In this way, our case studies both written and video are integrated with each topic presented.
Application alone isn't sufficient, of course. Theory and research are at the heart of educational psychology. In preparing this edition we continually looked to research to inform our writing, and added many new topics, including a close, applied look at technology in education, to focus the book on the cutting edge of theory and research. New and Revised Sections Increased Coverage of Theory. This edition increases its coverage of recent theoretical advances, including cognitive load theory, dual-processing theory, dual-coding theory, and increased emphasis on cognitive motivation theory. Increased Emphasis on Social Constructivism. Social constructivism is increasingly emphasized as a framework for guiding instruction, and this edition includes expanded discussions of its implications for teaching. Revised and Expanded Discussion of Motivation. This edition includes an expanded discussion of the influence of learner beliefs on motivation, increased emphasis on making learners responsible for their own motivation, and a revised and expanded discussion of the role of autonomy and relatedness in learner motivation. Revised and Expanded Discussion of Cognitive and Social Development. Principles of development provide a framework for discussion, of research on brain growth and possible implications for instruction, as well as expanded coverage of social development, perspective taking, and social problem solving. Increased Coverage of Language Development. The discussion of language development and language diversity has been revised and expanded for this edition. Understanding and Applying Educational Research. Professional educators need to understand the research that influences their practice. A new section in Chapter 1 introduces the reader to descriptive, correlational, and experimental research, the relationships between research and theory, and how research and theory are applied to classroom practice. Increased Coverage of Learner Differences. Recent research on gender differences, cultural diversity, as well as revisions in provisions for learners with exceptionalities are reflected in this edition. Alternative Assessment. This discussion of alternative assessment with emphasis on the use of portfolios as assessment tools is expanded for this edition. Technology and Learning. To capitalize on the rapidly increasing influence of technology in our lives, this edition now includes a "Technology and Learning" section in every chapter. Each section focuses on the implications of technology for learning and teaching. New Companion Pieces
"Concepts in Classrooms" Video Segments
The success of the third edition's integrated cases and the fourth edition's insights into learning video cases prompted the development of video segments that illustrate specific concepts in educational psychology. The 10 episodes, each 8-12 minutes long, provide specific, real-world illustrations of some of educational psychology's most important topics, including cognitive development, constructing understanding, transfer of learning, essential teaching abilities, and discovery learning.
Interactive CD-ROM for Students
An interactive CD-ROM accompanies this text and is integrated into four chapters, allowing the reader to use technology to investigate and explore the following topics in greater depth: cognitive development, schema theory and background knowledge, conceptual change, and moral development.
Expanded Companion Website
The Companion Website for this edition has been expanded to include a Student Self Assessment section including case-based essay questions, which provides students with additional practice in applying the content to the real world; an Online Casebook, which presents cases for discussion and analysis, including feedback for students and instructors; and a Message Board, which includes discussion topics and questions. Features of This Text
In addition to the elements that are new for this edition, the text retains many of the features that have proven to be valuable for helping educational psychology students learn about and understand the topics presented in the book.
Integrated Video Case Studies
To truly integrate topics presented in the text with real-world applications, seven classroom video case studies are used including the three Insights-into-Learning cases that introduce topics in Chapters 7, 8, and 13. By examining learners' thinking in both classroom learning activities and follow-up interviews, these videos provide insights into learning by illustrating learners' thinking and demonstrating the complexities of learning and the sophistication of teaching required to promote that learning. The three, hour-long videos include the actual lesson, an interview with four students, and an interview with the teacher. The focus in each case is on learning and learners' thinking. These three Insights into-Learning videos, plus the end-of-chapter video cases in Chapters 2, 7, 8, and 13, exist in both written and video formats. These cases illustrate actual classroom life real learners and real teachers involved in learning and teaching in authentic classroom contexts.
Additional Case Studies
In addition to these integrated video case studies, the text includes more than 50 additional written cases all taken from actual classroom experiences that illustrate the content of the chapters. Each chapter begins with a case study that provides an anchor for the chapter. The case study is then woven into the chapter to illustrate the topics being discussed.
Windows on Classrooms
Each chapter also ends with a case. This feature, called Windows on Classrooms, illustrates applications of the chapter content. Each "Windows on Classrooms" case is followed by a series of "Questions for Discussion and Analysis" that encourage you to assess the learning and teaching in the case and to reflect on your own knowledge and beliefs as your understanding of learning and teaching develops.
Theory into Perspective
Teachers are faced with a number of alternate theories that attempt to describe and explain learning. Assessing the appropriateness of these theories for specific learning situations can be a daunting task. Theory into Perspective sections at the end of each major learning theory analyze the strengths and weaknesses of these theories and their value in different learning contexts.
As in earlier editions, we have included sections throughout each chapter that offer suggestions for applying the content to specific learning and teaching situations. Classroom Connections describe successful teaching practices in classrooms, from all grade levels and content areas, to illustrate a variety of effective applications.
To respond to the increasingly diverse student populations that we as teachers will encounter, it is critical that we capitalize on the richness that this diversity can bring to learning and teaching environments. To reflect this emphasis, learner diversity is a theme for this text. Each chapter contains a section on diversity, with its own set of Classroom Connections, and Chapter 4 is devoted to this topic.
Margin Questions Research indicates that learning is enhanced when students are actively involved in the learning process. To place you in an active learning role, we use margin questions that ask you to do one of three things: explain a specific aspect of the content on the basis of theory and/or research, relate the immediate topic to one you've studied in an earlier chapter, or relate a topic to a real-life experience. In this regard, the margin questions are intended to help you reflect on the content, further apply your understanding of educational psychology to classrooms, integrate topics, and make the content more personal by applying it to your everyday experiences.
Technology and its implications for student learning are explored and utilized, first in a regular chapter feature that looks closely at the way technology can be and is used in K-12 classrooms, and again in chapters 2, 3, 7, and 9 as we ask you to utilize the information on the accompanying CD-ROM to better ground your own understanding of educational psychology concepts.
Important concepts in this book are identified in the body of the text with bold-faced type followed by an italicized definition. This allows you to identify these in context as you read and study the text. These important concepts also appear at the end of each chapter, identified by page number.
Figures, Tables and Outlines
Learning is more efficient when information is organized so that connections and relationships are apparent, rather than presented in isolated segments. Figures, tables, and outlines are used frequently to summarize important information and give you additional examples of each chapter's topics.
We know that learning is enhanced by summaries and reviews of important topics. For this reason we close each chapter with a Summary that succinctly describes significant ideas in the chapter. Each summary is organized using major chapter headings and is intended to further help you integrate the ideas you've studied in earlier chapters.
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A Reference list provides bibliographic information for all the sources we cite. Detailed author and subject indexes allow quick access to specific topics. Text Supplements
To further aid your learning and development as a teacher, several supplements have been provided for you and your instructor's use. To maximize the opportunities for learning, the entire package text, video cases, and supplements is thoroughly integrated. In our attempt to provide you and your instructor with the most complete educational psychology package that exists, we have written our own supplements, making every effort to ensure that all the components complement each other.
Student Study Guide
Organized by chapter, the Student Study Guide includes chapter outlines, chapter overviews, chapter objectives, and application exercises. These exercises put you in an active role as you apply concepts to authentic classroom situations. Feedback is provided for the application exercises.
Each chapter also includes a self-help quiz, using the same format as the items in the test bank that accompanies the text, answers to the self-help quiz, and suggested responses to the margin questions in the chapters.
In addition to the chapter-by-chapter materials, the Student Study Guide includes suggestions and guidelines to enable you to better understand how to effectively use case studies in your coursework.
The expanded Companion Website includes a Student Self-Assessment section; an Online Casebook; annotated, content-related web links; and a chat area and message board.
A transparency package is available for your instructor's use. As with the figures and tables that appear throughout the text, the transparencies help organize the information you're studying to deepen and broaden your understanding of text content. Electronic versions of the transparencies are also available on the CD-ROM for Instructors.
In Chapter 1, we discuss the work of experts who suggest that teachers should think critically, practically, and artistically. They believe that teachers should carefully examine research, their own work, and the work of other teachers. To help you develop your critical thinking, you will have the opportunity to study videotaped segments that focus on cognitive development, classroom management, cooperative learning, metacognition, whole language, and diversity. Some episodes represent "slices of classroom life" that can serve as focal points for analysis and discussion. Questions such as "What are the major strengths and weaknesses of this lesson?" and "How could this have been taught more effectively?" encourage reflection. This process of analysis will help cultivate your ability to critically examine your own work, complementing the written and video Windows on Classrooms cases that we've already described.
Research consistently indicates that learning is enhanced when teachers have high expectations for their students and when they ask them to think critically and analytically about the content they are learning. In line with these findings, many of the test items you'll encounter on quizzes will be case studies that require you to analyze information taken from classrooms and to make decisions based on evidence. Instead of memorizing strings of words, you'll apply what you have learned to new situations. This is a challenging and rewarding experience and, with practice, your ability to think critically and analytically will improve.
The Self-Help Quizzes in the Student Study Guide and the Student Self-Assessment on the Companion Website will help you develop your analytical skills with practice items similar to those you'll encounter on quizzes and tests.
A printed test bank and computerized versions in WindowsĒ or Macintosh software are available to your professor.
In addition to the supplements we've already described, the Instructor's Manual contains suggestions for learning activities, groupwork, and out-of-class assignments. While you won't encounter the content of the Instructor's Manual directly, it is an integral part of this overall package.
CD-ROM for Instructors
A flexible and user-friendly CD-ROM is also available to your instructor. Features of the printed supplements can be accessed on the CD-ROM and printed out. In addition, for professors who teach using an LDS screen or some other electronic display, all print materials, including the transparencies, will be accessible for editing and creating customized presentations.
All of the components in this text and the supplements are designed to be consistent with what we know about learning and motivation. We believe they reflect a rea...
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