Features and Benefits

Educational Psychology: Theory and Practice helps readers:

  • Understand how Educational Psychology content relates to teaching standards. Core content is connected to the InTASC model core teaching standards.

  • Balance research and practice. Compelling examples and suggestions for practice are based directly on classroom research and the author’s own experience working with a diverse set of practicing teachers.

  • Prepare for teacher certification tests. Certification Pointers highlight important content that will be assessed on teacher licensure exams and describe how that information will assessed. The Appendix maps the content of the text to the Praxis II:  Principles of Learning and Teaching exam.

  • Practice applying critical-thinking skills. Chapter-opening vignettes depict a real-life situation that teachers encounter. Using Your Experience follow-up questions encourage critical and creative thinking about the ideas the chapter will cover.

  • Understand what to do to facilitate learning and development as a teacher. Theory into Practice presents specific teaching and learning strategies to try in the classroom.

  • UPDATED: Explore chapter themes in greater detail. Every chapter contains updated On The Web inserts, offering resource websites for students to look up further information.

New and expanded topics include:

  • Common Core State Standards and College- and Career-Ready Standards (throughout, but especially Chapters 1 and 14).

  • The future of teaching (Chapter 1).

  • More on Vygotsky’s theories (Chapter 2).

  • More on enhancing socioemotional development (Chapter 3).

  • The development of reading from preschool onwards (Chapter 3).

  • More on parent involvement (Chapter 4).

  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students (Chapter 4).

  • Updates of research on socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and English learners (Chapter 4).

  • Emerging research in information processing and neuroscience (Chapter 6).

  • Neuromyths and neuroclues (Chapter 6).

  • The latest research on peer interaction and cooperative learning (Chapter 8).

  • Project-based learning (Chapter 8).

  • More on differentiated and personalized instruction (Chapter 9).

  • A substantially updated section on technology applications (Chapter 9).

  • A new “intentional teacher” section on technology applications (Chapter 9).

  • New research on tutoring and small group remediation for struggling readers (Chapter 9).

  • Research on mindset (Chapter 10).

  • More on intrinsic incentives (Chapter 10).

  • New sections on bullying and classroom management (Chapters 4 and 11).

  • Expanded coverage of Response to Intervention (Chapter 12).

  • Expanded coverage of autism spectrum disorder (Chapter 12).

  • More on performance assessments (Chapter 13).

  • Detailed coverage of the Common Core State Standards and college- and career-based standards (throughout, but especially Chapter 14).

  • Examples of test items and interpretation guides for Common Core assessments (Chapter 14).

  • Additional coverage of value-added assessments (Chapter 14).

  • More on data-informed teaching (Chapter 14).

  • Description of policy changes in the Every Student Succeeds Act (Chapter 14).

  • More on evidence-based reform (Chapter 14).

  • More on computerized assessment (Chapter 14).


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  • Classroom videos engage students and bring the text to life. As students read through their eText they encounter embedded videos that illustrate or expand on key chapter concepts using real classroom footage. Embedded videos include at least one Personal Reflection video in each chapter in which the author comments on his experiences as a teacher, researcher, and parent to illuminate the chapter content.

  • Self-Check assessments guide student learning. Throughout their eText, students are presented with opportunities to check their understanding of key concepts through multiple-choice assessments. Students receive immediate feedback to guide their learning and ensure they master the key learning outcomes. Results are organized and reported to the gradebook by learning outcome, enabling students and instructors to focus on the concepts that require the most attention.

  • Application Exercises engage students with dynamic learning experiences. Interactive Application Exercises and Assessments involving the analysis of dynamic videos, case studies, and artifacts help students apply and internalize their learning. Engaging in these learning experiences helps students practice and strengthen skills that prepare them for classroom observation and teaching. Application Exercises and Assessments include:

    • Scaffolded analysis exercises in the Intentional Teacher features that challenge readers to apply chapter content to reflect upon teaching and learning in real classrooms.

    • Practicing for Licensure Exam assessments, modeled after questions found on teacher licensure tests, which help readers prepare for their certification exams.

  • The Video Analysis Tool in MediaShare helps teacher candidates build the observation and analysis skills they’ll need to be successful educators. The Video Analysis Tool exercises feature authentic classroom video clips, each illustrating a key theory, strategy, or topic. Accompanying rubrics scaffold students’ analysis of the techniques shown, while video analysis software enables students to annotate the clips with their rationales.

  • The Enhanced Pearson® eText provides digital access anytime, anywhere.