Educational Psychology: Windows on Classrooms (6th Edition)

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9780131108400: Educational Psychology: Windows on Classrooms (6th Edition)

For Introduction to Educational Psychology courses. Revised and expanded, this is the new edition of the most applied introduction to educational psychology on the market today. Long recognized for its groundbreaking innovations in placing educational psychology firmly within the context of classrooms, this text examines every educational psychology theory--learning, motivation, and development--and every pertinent concept through the viewpoint of the teacher. Once again in this edition, the authors' hallmark cases, in both written and videotape format, introduce real-world applications in a way that no other text can, truly fulfilling the promise of its title to give students a "window" on the classrooms in which they will someday teach.

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Offer your students a window on the classroom they will soon encounter with a text that is uniquely...

Case-Based. One of the defining features of this text is that it stands above the others in the frequency of references to its opening case studies. They are richly integrated, elaborated—and now illustrated—throughout the chapter. Chapters end with another case and questions that offer students opportunities to apply chapter content to classroom settings and to practice answering test items to prepare them for the PRAXIS II™ exam. Many text case studies have accompanying video cases.

Exceptionally Applied. Every theory and concept presented is examined through its application in classrooms. Features such as Classroom Connections and Instructional Strategies lay out very concrete guidelines for applying key chapter content. Applications are also present in the margin notes.

Filled with Practice for PRAXIS™. Prepare your students for the PRAXIS II™ (Principles of Learning and Teaching) exam with practice features in the text and website. End-of-chapter case questions provide students with opportunities to answer assessment items to prepare them for the PRAXIS II™ exam. The "Practice for PRAXIS™" module on the website provides suggested responses to those questions. A new Appendix ties the content in the book to the PRAXIS II™.

Expanded with Key Content Changes. This new edition offers significantly expanded coverage in three key areas—knowledge construction, motivation, and assessment. A new Chapter 8 addresses "Constructing Understanding" and two chapters each are now devoted to motivation and assessment.

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The literature of educational psychology continues to rapidly evolve, and we have written the sixth edition of Educational Psychology: Windows on Classrooms to remain on the cutting edge of theory and research in the field. At the same time, we have expanded on the theme that has made this book successful: to be the most applied text on the market. Our goals are to provide accurate, clear, and precise descriptions of research and theory combined with the suggestions that make these theories applicable in classroom practice. The subtitle "Windows on Classrooms" refers to our presentation of authentic classroom activities that are designed to provide you, our readers, with a realistic look at classrooms today and what they might become tomorrow.

To this end, this new edition has a deeper focus and commitment to being:

  • Case-based throughout each chapter
  • Exceptionally applied
  • Filled with practice for the PRAXIS™

The edition is also expanded to include a new chapter that provides a detailed examination of the construction of understanding, a second chapter that presents a classroom model of student motivation, and a third chapter that focuses on the processes and issues involved in standardized testing.

The following pages illustrate the features and new additions to this text.

A BOOK THAT TRULY INTEGRATES CASES THROUGHT CHAPTERS

To capture the real world of learning and teaching, we capitalize on the use of case studies. All chapters begin with an extended case study. These cases are detailed and rich and are integrated and elaborated throughout the chapters to make theory concrete and applicable. The process of situating theory in the context of real-world practice is consistent with the most recent learning and motivation research. In this regard, the book is a model for effective instruction and provides our readers with repeated opportunities to construct meaningful understandings of the book's contents.

Elaborated Cases. The book does not merely reference the opening case, but it actually integrates and enriches the case as the chapter develops. Illustrations and captions are provided on pages throughout the chapter to call students' attention to the key points in the case study.

Videos to Accompany Cases. Twelve of the chapter cases have a video counterpart. These video segments are included on two videotapes, "Looking Through Classroom Windows 1 and 2", in order of their appearance in the book. Viewing video cases and discussing and analyzing them can deepen understanding of concepts presented in the chapter. See the table on page 26 listing the topic, grade level, and content focus of each video case.

End-of-Chapter Case Analysis. Chapter-ending cases, called "Windows on Classrooms," provide additional practice in understanding chapter concepts through analysis of the classroom-based case. Moreover, constructed-response questions and document-based analysis questions give students opportunities to practice analyzing cases for the PRAXIS™ "Principles of Learning and Teaching" Exam—and for professional practice.

A BOOK THAT IS EXCEPTIONALLY APPLIED

As might be expected from a case-based text, a central goal of Educational Psychology: Windows on Classrooms is to help its readers be able to use educational psychology as teachers. The text examines every theory and concept through its application in classrooms, and a number of features help students connect content to classrooms.

Classroom Connections at the Elementary, Middle School, and High School Levels. This box in each chapter offers strategies for applying the content to specific learning and teaching situations. Each strategy is illustrated with an example, derived largely from the authors' experiences in schools, for elementary classrooms, middle and junior high classrooms, and high school classrooms in all content areas.

Instructional Strategies. New Instructional Strategies sections lay out very concrete guidelines for applying key chapter content. These sections, which are situated in case studies that run through the text, explicitly show teachers' efforts to apply the guidelines. This helps readers bridge the gap between theories and classroom practice.

Web Clips. Brief video clips on the Companion Website offer a front-row seat to real classrooms of students and teachers. Authentic examples of chapter content are identified in the margins of each chapter so that students can link directly to a clip illustrating an educational psychology concept and understand what that concept looks like in an authentic setting. See the Classrooms on the Web module on the Website.

Margin Questions. Readers are placed in active learning roles by reading margin questions encouraging them to: a) explain a specific aspect of the content on the basis of theory and/or research, b) relate the immediate topic to one studied in an earlier chapter, or c) relate a topic to a real-life experience.

A BOOK THAT HELPS STUDENTS PRACTICE FOR THE PRAXIS™

PRAXIS™ has moved to a greater emphasis on case-based questions, so the entire text will help students with the PRAXIS™ by helping them become more familiar and comfortable with cases. In addition, a number of features aimed at getting students ready for the PRAXIS™ "Principles of Learning and Teaching" Exam have been added to the text and its accompanying website.

Constructed Response Questions & Document-Based Analysis. New Constructed Response and Document-Based Analysis questions following each end-of-chapter case provides students with experiences in responding to items similar to those they will find on the PRAXIS™ exam.

Feedback on the Companion Website. The "Practice for PRAXIST™", module on the Companion Website provides feedback for the Constructed Response and Document-Based Analysis questions.

Appendix Linking Book Content to PRAXIS™ content. A new Appendix ties the content in the book to the PRAXIS™ "Principles of Learning and Teaching" Exam.

KEY CONTENT IN THIS EDITION

New Chapter on Motivation

This edition's coverage of motivation has been expanded to two chapters. Included are the latest theoretical advances in areas such as goal theory, self-determination theory, expectancy x value theory, attribution theory, and self-worth theory, as well as deeper looks at behaviorist and humanistic views of motivation. See Chapters 10 and 11.

New Chapter on the Construction of Understanding

Constructivist, and particularly social constructivist, views of learning are increasingly emphasized as a framework for guiding instruction, and this edition includes an entire chapter devoted to these theories and their implications for teaching. See Chapter 8.

New Chapter on Assessment Through Standardized Testing

Testing and accountability are increasingly emphasized in today's schools, and a new chapter has been added to help teachers prepare for these real-world aspects of teaching. See Chapter 15.

New Assessment Feature

Assessment research indicates that classroom environments that promote as much learning as possible are assessment centered. To be consistent with this research, each chapter of the text has a section titled Assessment and Learning that is devoted to a discussion of assessment related to chapter topics. These sections include suggestions for developing assessments that increase learning and explore issues involved in the assessment process.

Improved Technology Feature

Technology and its implications for student learning are explored and utilized, first in a regular chapter feature, "Technology and Learning," that looks closely at the way technology can be and is used in K-12 classrooms, and again in Chapters 2, 3, and 7 as we ask you to use the CD-ROM experiments and exercises on the "Simulations in Educational Psychology CD-ROM" that accompanies this text. Completing these activities will increase students' understanding of educational psychology concepts.

Increased Coverage of Action Research.

Teacher professionalism is increasing as teachers learn to conduct action research projects in their own classrooms. To reflect this emphasis, a detailed section on the conduct and application of action research is included in Chapter 1.

Focus on Learner Diversity

Teachers are encountering increasingly diverse student populations. To reflect this trend, learner diversity is a theme for this text. Each chapter contains a section on diversity, with its own set of Classroom Connections, and Chapter 4 is devoted to this topic.

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