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Using Psychology in the Classroom - Stephen James Minton

Using Psychology in the Classroom

Paperback Published: 21st February 2012
ISBN: 9781446201664
Number Of Pages: 192

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Psychology can be applied to understanding a range of current issues and topics in teaching and educational practice. Starting with the question, 'what is psychology?', and a topical overview of child and adolescent development, Stephen James Minton moves on to discuss seven areas of contemporary concern in education, showing how psychological approaches can help teachers in key areas of practice.

Areas covered include:

- the self, self-esteem, and self-esteem enhancement

- intelligence, learning styles and educational attainment

- positive teaching, co-operative learning and assertive discipline

- special educational needs

- preventing and countering bullying and cyber-bullying

- dealing with prejudice

- stress and stress management

This detailed text will be vital reading for all those studying psychology and applied psychology in primary and secondary teaching degree programmes. Constant links between theory and practice also make it a valuable read for practitioners reflecting on their approach to common classroom scenarios.

Stephen James Minton is a lecturer in Psychology of Education at Trinity College Dublin.

Industry Reviews

'Stephen Minton has produced a very readable and extremely useful book. It provides coverage on a range of areas that are of importance within primary and secondary education, drawing insightfully from classic and contemporary psychology. An excellent text, highly recommended to educators in training and in practice'
-Adrian North, Professor of Psychology, Heriot-Watt University

List of figuresp. ix
About the authorp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introducing psychology in the classroomp. 1
What is psychology?p. 1
A very brief history of psychologyp. 7
The psychology of education and about this bookp. 11
An overview of child and adolescent psychological developmentp. 14
Theories of cognitive developmentp. 14
Issues in socioemotional developmentp. 20
Systemic and contextual models of developmentp. 26
Implications for educatorsp. 28
The self, self-esteem, and self-esteem enhancement through educational practicep. 31
The self and societyp. 31
Psychological models of selfhoodp. 32
Defining and towards a working model of self-esteemp. 33
An existential-analytic model of selfhood and self-esteemp. 34
Developmental aspects of selfhood and self-esteemp. 37
Family and peer influences on the development of self-esteemp. 39
Self-esteem and educational attainmentp. 41
Self-esteem enhancement through teaching and educational practicep. 42
Implications for educatorsp. 44
Intelligence, learning styles and educational attainmentp. 47
Traditional views of intelligencep. 47
Intelligence testingp. 48
Is intelligence 'in the genes'? The 'nature versus nurture debatep. 49
Multiple intelligencesp. 52
Intelligence and educational attainmentp. 54
Emotional intelligencep. 56
A model of learning stylesp. 57
Implications for educatorsp. 60
Positive discipline, conflict resolution and co-operative learning in schoolsp. 64
What is meant by positive discipline?p. 64
Conflict resolution and conflict managementp. 66
Understanding social groupsp. 69
Co-operative learningp. 75
Implications for educatorsp. 79
Thinking about special educational needsp. 81
General and specific learning difficultiesp. 82
Autistic spectrum disordersp. 87
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorderp. 91
Implications for educatorsp. 95
Preventing and countering bullying behaviour and cyber-bullying in schoolsp. 98
What is school bullying?p. 98
Types of bullying behaviourp. 100
Bullying behaviour and cyber-bullying in schools: the evidencep. 102
Key issues for schools and school staffp. 104
Practical ideas for anti-bullying work in schoolsp. 106
Implications for educatorsp. 113
Dealing with prejudice รป racism, homophobia and alterophobia in schoolsp. 116
Racism, ethnic bias and schoolsp. 117
The psychology of prejudice and attitude formationp. 122
Homophobia and schoolsp. 124
Alterophobia and schoolsp. 128
Implications for educatorsp. 130
Stress and stress management for teachers and educatorsp. 132
The physiology of stressp. 132
Understanding the psychology of stressp. 133
Psychological and physical ways of coping with stressp. 139
stress and the teaching profession: avoiding burnoutp. 142
Implications for educatorsp. 146
Conclusionsp. 148
Referencesp. 151
Indexp. 167
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ISBN: 9781446201664
ISBN-10: 144620166X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 21st February 2012
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 18.6  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.35

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