1st Edition

The Social Psychology of the Classroom

By Elisha Babad Copyright 2009
    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    Teachers often find that their training has not provided them with sufficient knowledge and understanding about underlying social forces and processes in their classrooms. This new book addresses this gap by focusing on the social psychology of the classroom, providing the relevant social psychological knowledge and facilitating the application of that knowledge in the practice of the teacher in the classroom. Elisha Babad discusses "the state of the art" of classroom management theory, research and practice and explores a full range of teacher and classroom experiences (such as teachers' differential behavior in the classroom and its psychological price, students' roles and relationships, and distinguishing between "educating" students and "changing" students). This exceptional book will be of interest to students and scholars of educational studies and educational psychology as well as for teachers-in-training, experienced teachers, and "educators-at-large."

    Part I: The Social Psychology of the Classroom 1. The Classroom as a Social Environment 2. Social Motivation, Students' Needs and Self-Esteem 3. The Teacher's Role(s) Part II: Social Measurement in the Classroom 4. Social Structure and Sociometric Measurement in the Classroom 5. Measurement of Classroom Climate Part III: Teacher-Student Interaction and Teacher Expectancy Effects 6. Pygmalion in the Classroom: Teacher Expectancies and Teacher Bias 7. Teachers' Differential Behavior in the Classroom 8. The Teacher's Pet Phenomenon Part IV: Classroom Management 9. Classroom Management: Historical Trends and Contemporary Approach 10. Punishment and Effective Management of Discipline Problems 11. Behavioral Analysis of Common Pitfalls in Classroom Management Part V: Nonverbal Behavior in the Classroom 12. Basic Concepts and Issues in Nonverbal Research 13. Students' Nonverbal Behavior 14. Teachers' Nonverbal Behavior Part VI: Educating and Changing Students 15. Educating Students 16. Changing Students


    Elisha Babad is Anna Lazarus Professor of Educational and Social Psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

    "At last, a comprehensive, powerful book on the socioemotional aspects of classroom life! This book could not be more timely. For many years educators have concentrated their energies on improving the instructional environment of classrooms with the aim of enhancing student outcomes. Yet, little improvement has resulted. This book is a persuasive reminder that humans are social beings and that the classroom is a social environment in which students learn as much about relationships as they do about math or science or literacy. Babad carefully, thoroughly and convincingly demonstrates the importance of the teachers’ verbal and non-verbal interactions in providing students with messages about their ‘place’ in the classroom. Some readers will find their beliefs challenged; none will come away without a comprehensive understanding of the social processes operating in classrooms. I unreservedly recommend this book for all tertiary students and practising teachers who genuinely care about children."

    Christine Rubie-Davies, The University of Auckland, New Zealand


    "For today’s educators, the book is an eminently readable, scientifically rigorous, and practical resource that can significantly augment their course preparations and offerings."

    Raymond P. Perry, Psychology, University of Manitoba