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1st Edition

Educational Psychology: Concepts, Research and Challenges

ISBN 9780203838884
Published November 29, 2010 by Routledge
288 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Research in educational psychology has had a huge impact in terms of enhancing understanding and challenging thinking about teachers and learners. Educational Psychology: Concepts, Research and Challenges brings together the latest research across many areas of educational psychology, introducing and reporting on the most effective methodologies for studying teachers and learners and providing overviews of current debates within the field. With chapters from international authors, this academic text reveals theoretical overviews and research findings from across the field including:

  • teaching and learning
  • research methods
  • motivation and instruction
  • curriculum – reading, writing, mathematics
  • cognition
  • special educational needs and behaviour management
  • sociocultural and socioemotional perspectives
  • assessment and evaluation.

Educational psychology has historically had a focus on students with particular learning needs. This book provides a discussion about the gradual movement toward inclusion and the possibility of developing a more cohesive and potentially more effective education system for all students. It also provides recent research into effective behaviour management and presents specific and valuable techniques employed in applied behaviour analysis. The contributors also deliver analysis on the motivation of students and how home and society in general can contribute towards constraining or enhancing student learning.

This book is a must-read for academics, researchers, undergraduate and graduate students who recognize the substantial contribution of educational psychology to increasing our understanding of students and their learning, teachers and their teaching.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Christine Rubie-Davies

1. Research Methods in Education: Contemporary Issues. Lottie Thompson and Angelika Anderson

2. What Is This Lesson About? Instructional Processes and Student Understandings in Writing Lessons. Helen S. Timperley and Judy M. Parr

3. Reading: The Great Debate. Tom. W. Nicholson and William. E. Tunmer

4. Writing in the Curriculum: A Complex Act to Teach and to Evaluate. Judy M. Parr

5. The Curriculum: Developing Multiplicative Thinking and Reasoning in Mathematics. Jennifer M. Young-Loveridge

6. How Research in Educational Psychology Has Contributed to Instructional Procedures: The Case of Cognitive Load Theory. Renae Low, Putai Jin, and John Sweller

7. Assessment and Evaluation. John A. Hattie and Gavin T. L. Brown

8. Motivation, Learning and Instruction. Michael Townsend

9. Teacher Expectations and Beliefs: Their Influence on the Socioemotional Environment of the Classroom. Christine M. Rubie-Davies and Elizabeth R. Peterson

10. Managing Classroom Behaviour: Assertiveness and Warmth. Jane E. Prochnow and Angus H. Macfarlane

11. Applied Behaviour Analysis: Contributions to New Zealand Educational Psychology. Dennis Rose and John Church

12. Reconceptualising Special Education. Don Brown and Dennis Moore

13. Children’s Friendships – Real and Imaginary. Tom Nicholson and Michael Townsend

14. Atypical Behaviour Development: Preschool Hyperactivity and Parent–Child Relationships. Louise J. Keown

15. Family Literacy Practices and the Promise of Optimization: A Vietnamese Study. Thanh-Binh Tran, Stuart McNaughton and Judy Parr

16. Societal and Cultural Perspectives Through a Te Kotahitanga Lens. Mere Berryman and Russell Bishop

17. Concluding Comments: Some Potential Influences of Educational Psychology on Educational Research. John Sweller and Christine M. Rubie-Davies

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Christine M. Rubie-Davies is currently Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.