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Understanding Development and Learning : Implications for Teaching - Michael Nagel

Understanding Development and Learning

Implications for Teaching

Paperback Published: 24th October 2016
ISBN: 9780195519655
Number Of Pages: 340

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Understanding Development and Learning: Implications for Teaching opens up the landscape of educational psychology to pre-service teachers and how they can use its principles to foster learning. The text focuses on creating a better understanding of how we learn and how this information can be used to create more effective teaching methods, curricula, and educational policy. It features contemporary research, such as neuroscience, at the nexus of learning and development alongside traditional theories. It offers a greater scope into the developmental characteristics of children and how these impact on learning and behaviour across all sectors of education focusing on the science of learning. It also incorporates theoretical and practical content related to the socio-environmental factors that impact on development, behaviour and learning.  It investigates how to apply psychological principles to educational contexts in order to enhance learning and teaching quality and encourages reflective practice, helping pre-service teachers develop their personal philosophy of learning and teaching.Key FeaturesFeatures throughout are focused on practical application of theory and encouraging reflective practice.‘Setting the Scene’ case examples with analysis demonstrates the main concept of each chapter, prompting the question, ‘what does this topic mean to you?Glossary Margin Notes throughout help students learn key termsIntra chapter linkage margin notes – to assist navigation ‘Something to Think About’ showcases research; with accompanying ‘Ask Yourself ‘ questions to test understanding and application to classroom experience‘Implications for Teaching ‘ features examples of how research can influence (or has influenced) teaching practice with ‘Ask Yourself’ questions for readers to test understandingPractical Activities at the end of each chapter are exercises to use in the classroomStudy Questions with ‘Something to Think about’ sections to encourage students to reflect on their own behaviours.

A must have for pre-service teachers


Provides a great foundation for teachers to understand development and learning.

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I use this book as a core reading for my university degree

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Chapter 1: What Is Learning? Defining teaching Defining learning A brief history of ‘learning’ and ‘teaching’ in Western schools Theories of ‘learning’, past and present Chapter 2: The Links between Human Development and LearningBasic issues in human developmentDomains of human developmentChapter 3: Understanding Brain DevelopmentThe developing brain—the early yearsStructures of the brainThe developing brain and adolescenceChapter 4: Learning, Thinking and IntelligenceMeasuring intelligenceNotions of multiple intelligencesThe neuroscience of intelligenceControversies over intelligenceChapter 5: Language Development and LearningLanguage development in childrenTraditional theories of language developmentLanguage and the brainMaturation and biological sex differencesEnhancing language developmentChapter 6: Memory and LearningThe neurobiology of memorySystems and stages of memoryWhat hinders memory and why we forgetEnhancing memory: educational and pedagogical considerationsChapter 7: Motivation and LearningThe neurobiology of motivationThe psychology of motivationUnderstanding contemporary learnersMotivation in school: affective and effective considerationsChapter 8: Inclusive LearningThose who can, doDifferent brains, different learnersReaching the hard-to-reach studentExtending the exceptional learnerChapter 9: Sociocultural Factors of LearningSome backgroundVygotskySociocultural theory of cognitive developmentBronfenbrennerEcological systems theoryBio-ecological modelGender, socio-economic background and culture in the classroomChapter 10: Nurturing LearningThe perils of standards and testingEnrichment does not mean more!Homework: a necessary evil?Stress and learning do not mixRising to the challengesThe creative arts and learningThe brain, movement and learningGlossaryReferencesIndex

ISBN: 9780195519655
ISBN-10: 0195519655
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 340
Published: 24th October 2016
Publisher: Oxford University Press Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 20.32  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.8

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