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Educational Psychology, 2nd edition

  • Robert J. Sternberg
  • Wendy M. Williams

Published by Pearson (January 20th 2009) - Copyright © 2010

2nd edition

Educational Psychology

ISBN-13: 9780205626076

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Written to help readers understand and develop expertise in both teaching and learning, Educational Psychology focuses on the art and science necessary to become an expert teacher.


Renowned scholars, Sternberg and Williams help readers capitalize on their strengths by integrating questions into the text that encourage analytical, creative, and practical thinking. This framework, based on Sternberg’s triarchic theory of human intelligence, helps ensure that readers think deeply about what they are learning, rather than merely processing information at a superficial level.


In addition, Educational Psychology also:


Shows Readers How to Use Text Principles in the Classroom

  • Expert Teacher Interviews illustrate the classroom application of chapter material.
  • The Flexible Expert feature provides examples of solutions–analytical, creative, and practical–for daily challenges both students and teachers face in the classroom.
  • Implications for Teaching illustrate the strategies expert teachers use in the classroom, using specific concepts of educational psychology.

Encourages Reflective Thinking

  • Thinking Questions–Thinking Analytically, Thinking Creatively, and Thinking Practically–appear throughout each chapter to encourage readers to think deeply about chapter concepts.
  • Constructing Your Own Learning activities help readers understand constructivism by using the theory themselves to build upon what they have read in the text.
  • Forum debates illustrate contested educational issues –such as homogenous versus heterogeneous grouping–and show that there are middle-ground positions between extreme views of the issues.
  • Becoming an Expert: Questions and Problems, grouped by elementary, middle, and high school settings, invite readers to apply chapter concepts to the problems of classroom practice.

Emphasizes Diversity, Helping Prepare Teachers for the Classrooms of Today and Tomorrow

  • Guidelines for providing support for gifted students and students with disabilities are presented in Chapter 5: Individual Differences.
  • The educational implications of socioeconomic, cultural, gender and linguistic diversity are discussed in detail in Chapter 6: Group Differences.

Table of contents

1. Becoming an Expert

The "Thinking" Triangle

What Is An Expert Teacher?

What Do We Know About Expert Learners?

How Educational Psychology Helps Create Expert Teachers and Learners




2. Cognitive Development


Cognitive Development: Concepts for Teaching

Piaget's Stage Theory of Cognitive Development

Vygotsky's Sociocultural Theory of Cognitive Development

Information Processing Theories: Examining Learning and Memory Skills

Three Major Approaches to Cognitive Development: A Comparison

Theory of Mind

Language Development

Brain Development


3. Personal, Gender, Social, and Moral Development


Why Understanding Personal, Gender, Social, and Moral Development Is Important to Teachers

Personal Development: Becoming Unique


Sexual and Gender Development: Acquiring Gender Roles

Social Development: Learning to Interact with Others

Moral Development: Acquiring a Sense of Right and Wrong

Identifying, Understanding, and Managing Developmental Risks




4. Individual Differences: Intelligence, Cognitive and Learning Styles, and Creativity


Why Understanding Individual Differences Is Important to Teachers

Understanding Individual Differences in Intelligence

Current Educational Controversies in Intelligence

Cognitive Styles and Learning Styles

Understanding Individual Differences in Creativity


5. Individual Differences: Exceptional Children


Why Understanding Exceptional Children Is Important to Teachers

Teaching Exceptional Children

Extremes of Intellectual Functioning: Giftedness.

Extremes of Intellectual Functioning: Mental Retardation

Challenges to Learning


6. Group Differences: Socioeconomic Status, Ethnicity, Gender, and Language


Why Understanding Group Differences Is Important to Teachers

Socioeconomic Diversity

Ethnic and Racial Diversity

Gender Diversity

Language Diversity

Multicultural Education




7. Behavioral Approaches to Learning


Why Understanding Behavioral Learning Is Important to Teachers

Learning by Classical Conditioning

Learning by Operant Co

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