Ch 2: Theories of Educational Psychology

About This Chapter

This chapter features lessons you can use to discover or brush up on your knowledge of theories of educational psychology. Review the lessons to gain greater insight into constructivism, self-efficacy, classical conditioning and more.

Theories of Educational Psychology - Chapter Summary

Explore the video and text lessons in this chapter to ensure you fully understand theories associated with educational psychology. Lessons delve into definitions and strategies, and they provide examples that illustrate how students absorb information and the ways in which you can educate them. Lesson topics include schemata, scaffolding, operant conditioning and information transfer. After completing this chapter, you will be ready to:

  • Define and identify types of constructivism
  • Share metacognitive strategies
  • Describe how to use schemata in education
  • List and describe types of information transfer
  • Provide the definition and theory of self-efficacy
  • Offer strategies associated with the self-regulation theory
  • Discuss the zone of proximal development and scaffolding in the classroom
  • Differentiate between classical conditioning and operant conditioning

Access the lessons at your leisure from your computer or mobile devices to learn more about theories of educational psychology at a pace that works for you. Each lesson features a multiple-choice quiz you can use to assess your knowledge the subject area. If you need additional details about lesson topics, don't hesitate to submit your questions to our experts. A chapter exam is also available to give you a comprehensive review of the lessons.

8 Lessons in Chapter 2: Theories of Educational Psychology
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Constructivism: Definition, Types & Contributors

1. Constructivism: Definition, Types & Contributors

Are you just a sponge absorbing information? Or are you actively constructing your own reality even as you read this? This lesson looks at the constructivist point of view for how we come to acquire knowledge.

Metacognitive Strategies: Definition & Examples

2. Metacognitive Strategies: Definition & Examples

This lesson will define and explain in detail what metacognitive strategies are and how they can be used in the classroom to help deepen students' thinking about content and develop students who are ready and willing to tackle new content.

Using Schemata in Education

3. Using Schemata in Education

Think about all the things that you know about. In this lesson, we'll examine schemata, or ideas about things that you know, and how they relate to education, including what teachers should do to use schemata with their students.

Types of Information Transfer

4. Types of Information Transfer

When you acquire one skill, does that ability help or hurt your ability to learn other skills? For example, learning to play the guitar might help you learn to play the banjo, but it probably doesn't affect your ability to learn the geography of Africa. This lesson focuses on transfer of information, including positive, negative and zero transfer, as well as the difference between high-road and low-road transfer of information.

Self-Efficacy: Definition & Theory

5. Self-Efficacy: Definition & Theory

Learn what self-efficacy is and how it affects your motivation to accomplish specific tasks. Learn about Albert Bandura's contribution to the concept of self-efficacy and how it has shaped contemporary psychology.

Self-Regulation Theory: Definition & Strategies

6. Self-Regulation Theory: Definition & Strategies

What we want and what we need are not always the same thing. As a result, making the decision that is best for us isn't always easy. In this lesson, we will explore self-regulation theory and how it affects our decision-making process.

Zone of Proximal Development and Scaffolding in the Classroom

7. Zone of Proximal Development and Scaffolding in the Classroom

Psychologist Lev Vygotsky developed a theory of cognitive development which focused on the role of culture in the development of higher mental functions. Several concepts arose from that theory that are important to classroom learning. This lesson will focus on two concepts: zone of proximal development and scaffolding.

Classical Conditioning vs. Operant Conditioning: Differences and Examples

8. Classical Conditioning vs. Operant Conditioning: Differences and Examples

This lesson will compare classical conditioning and operant conditioning. Examples are provided and key terms associated with each type of learning are defined.

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