This book introduces students of education to the elements of educational psychology. It also relates as closely as possible the findings of research to classroom practice. In order to make clear the fundamental processes involved in psychological development, the book starts with a study of the way in which the young child adapts its behaviour to its environment. This study considers some of the key aspects of physical development, mainly the central nervous system. At the same time the way physical growth and psychological development are influenced by the experience of the individual is also discussed. This discussion of development is followed by an examination of the processes of learning, with particular attention paid to the works of Piaget.
The salient points of each chapter are brought together in a summary which may be used by the reader to obtain a preliminary overview of the content of the chapter, and as an aid to revision.
Table of Contents
1 The Foundations of Learning. 2 The Nature of Development 3 An Introduction to Learning 4 Mechanisms of Learning 5 Learning and Language 6 Learning and Concept Formation 7 Language and Thought 8 Learning in School 9 Programmed Instruction 10 Examinations and Tests 11 Intelligence and Intelligence Testing 12 Backward Children 13 The Treatment of Backwardness 14 The Social Psychology of the School 15 The Teacher’s Task Appendix References Index.
‘Here at last, is the book we have been waiting for, an introduction to educational psychology which links theory to practice...This is a book for teachers as well as students, well written and well organized...Complex matters are set out clearly, using examples effectively.’ Forum
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