This case study book serves as a valuable tool for professors and instructors of educational psychology. It contains 17 cases that represent current areas of interest in Educational Psychology embedded within current challenges that teachers face in today's middle and high school classrooms. The cases are organized into six major parts: Human Development, Individual Differences and Diversity, Learning Theories, Motivation, Classroom Management, Instructional Approaches, and Assessment and Evaluation. Each case describes a detailed teaching scenario written from either the student or the teachers' perspective. To engage students in critical thinking, perspective-taking, analysis, problem solving and decision-making, the cases have been intentionally written without a conclusion. Because the cases are open-ended, it allows the professor or instructor more flexibility and autonomy in how they use the cases. Each case is followed by thought-provoking questions, highlighting the significant issues in the case, from which to analyze the case and apply various theoretical viewpoints. While the cases do not replace actual classroom experience, they present a way to immerse students in the classroom's culture by providing them with real-life teaching examples.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 170
Weight: 245 g
Dimensions: 233 x 150 x 11 mm
The topics covered in this text are with-it scenarios that explore the ever changing and evolving student body around us. As teachers-in-training being exposed to these scenarios in our learning process prior to becoming full fledged educators will undoubtedly improve our approach to our current and future students.This text will provide pivotal insight and opportunities for meta-cognition, detailed peer to peer discussion, and ultimately furthering our understanding of the difficulties that educators face in their classes, and students face in their day to day lives. -- Stephen McCollum, Atlantic Community High School, Science Teacher
Based on the table of contents, I would recommend the book. Pedagogy theories and practices can be taught in the classroom, but real understanding and application comes only when one is able to see how those theories and practices play out in real world school situations. That is when pedagogical theories and practices become useful to a teacher. -- Andrea Kennedy, 6th Grade Science, Congress Middles School, School District of Palm Beach County
In my opinion, as a former K-12 teacher and current coordinator of an early teacher induction program, the topics covered in Teaching Challenges in Secondary Schools: Case Studies in Educational Psychology is essential reading for pre-service and in-service K-12 teachers. A strong understanding of human development, individual differences and diversity, learning theories, motivation, classroom management, instructional approaches, and assessment and evaluation can only improve the pre-service or in-service teacher's instructional practice. -- Ernest Andrew Brewer, EdD, Associate Director of Academic Support Services/ Florida Institute for the Advancement of Teaching (FIAT) Coordinator, Florida Atlantic University