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1st Edition

The Social Psychology of the Classroom

ISBN 9780415882590
Published March 18, 2010 by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

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."

Table of Contents

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

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