Theories in Educational Psychology’s purpose is to introduce readers to the pioneering educational psychology theories that continue to shape our understanding of the classroom learning environment, present support for the theories from perspectives in the current research literature, and share how these theoretical traditions have translated into effective teaching methods. Each chapter will be infused with practical teaching examples, classroom vignettes, and instructional strategies so readers are continually confronted with how theory translates to practice. In addition to becoming familiar with the conceptual understanding of core theoretical knowledge, readers will also be presented with current thinking about each theory and an introduction to important related topics at the close of each chapter. The chapters will also conclude with activities designed to help readers reflect on their learning of each chapter’s content.
About the author
Alyssa Gonzalez-DeHass, Ph.D., has been publishing in the area of parenting influences and student motivation since receiving her doctorate. In particular, her research interests lie in the areas of students’ achievement goals, parent involvement, school-community partnerships, and the case study method to teaching educational psychology. Her first text was the Educational Psychology Casebook, also co-authored with Patricia Willems. Alyssa has been teaching in this subject area for approximately 15 years, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in educational psychology.
Patricia P. Willems received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Florida in 2000. Since the receipt of her doctorate, her research and publications have been in the areas of learning, motivation, school-community partnerships, and the case study method of instruction in educational psychology. Patricia has been teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in educational psychology for 12 years.
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