Ch 1: Educational Psychology History & Aims Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Educational Psychology History and Aims chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the background and goals of educational psychology in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Educational Psychology History and Aims chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Psychology in the classroomDefinition of educational psychology, ways to incorporate psychological theories in classroom decision making
Tuesday Effective classroom strategiesDefinition of learning, see what makes a learning strategy effective
Wednesday Effective teachersMethods and characteristics of effective teachers: pedagogical content knowledge awareness, reflective teaching and action research
Thursday Basic psychological perspectivesDifferences and similarities in the behavioral, cognitive, developmental, social cognitive and constructivist perspectives
Friday Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) History of IDEA, its purpose and what it specifies

6 Lessons in Chapter 1: Educational Psychology History & Aims Lesson Plans
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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.

What is Digital Citizenship? - Definition & Themes

6. What is Digital Citizenship? - Definition & Themes

Digital citizenship is an important concept to teach and instill in your students, as they are going to be living much of their lives on the Internet, interacting with other people around the world. This lesson will define digital citizenship and explain some of its major themes.

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