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Ch 1: History and Educational Aims

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Watch video lessons and learn how psychology is used in the classroom. Discover learning strategies, psychological perspectives and more. These lessons come with quizzes that you can use to check your knowledge of the materials.

History and Educational Aims

What is educational psychology? What are some successful learning strategies? Do you know what it takes to be an effective teacher? Do you understand the difference between the various psychological perspectives? If the answers to these questions aren't clear to you now, don't worry; they will be. In our video lessons on educational psychology, you'll study all these fundamental concepts.

Educational psychology is the theme for one of our lessons in this course. You'll get a full explanation about this type of psychology. Find out how psychology is used in a classroom setting and the theories that are applied in classroom decision-making. Also take a look at learning and get a basic definition of that term. Get the scoop on learning strategies, discover what works and see why these strategies are the most effective.

Effective teachers are those who understand there's more to teaching than just presenting lessons to a class of children. Learn more about what it takes to be effective. Discover the qualities, like knowledge awareness and action research, that effective teachers possess. Walk away with a better understand of how to apply these concepts in a real classroom setting.

Complete your studies in these lessons with a review of the different psychological perspectives. Look into the ideas of behavioral, cognitive, developmental, social cognitive and constructivist perspectives. Learn what makes them each distinct, so you can grasp the basic ideas of each perspective.

5 Lessons in Chapter 1: History and Educational Aims
Educational Psychology: Applying Psychology in the Classroom

1. Educational Psychology: Applying Psychology in the Classroom

What is educational psychology? Anyone who has experienced a classroom setting has been affected by the theories and techniques that come from this subfield of psychology. Learn about the main ideas within this popular area of study and application.

What is Learning? - Understanding Effective Classroom Strategies

2. What is Learning? - Understanding Effective Classroom Strategies

We all learn new things every day, but how is 'learning' defined in educational psychology? This lesson covers the definition of learning, different types of learning, and discusses learning styles.

Becoming an Effective Teacher

3. Becoming an Effective Teacher

Understanding the principles and theories of educational psychology is essential for teachers but simply understanding is not enough. Future teachers must embrace sound educational principles and seek opportunities for growth throughout their careers. This lesson will focus on the qualities of an effective teacher, including pedagogical content knowledge awareness, reflective teaching and action research.

Behavioral, Cognitive, Developmental, Social Cognitive & Constructivist Perspectives

4. Behavioral, Cognitive, Developmental, Social Cognitive & Constructivist Perspectives

How do different people learn? Not everyone agrees. In educational psychology, there are many differing perspectives. This lesson will differentiate between the following psychological perspectives: behavioral, cognitive, developmental, social cognitive and constructivist.

IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act - History and Summary

5. IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act - History and Summary

It is important for all teachers to understand the 2004 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and how it impacts students with disabilities. This lesson discusses the six main principles of IDEA and how they are implemented in the classroom.

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