Table of Contents


1. Introduction to Educational Psychology

2. Learning, Cognition, and Memory

3. Complex Cognitive Processes

4. Learning in Context

5. Motivation and Affect

6. Cognitive Development

7. Personal, Social, and Moral Development

8. Instructional Strategies

9. Strategies for Creating an Effective Classroom Environment

10. Assessment Strategies



1. Introduction to Educational Psychology

  • Using Research Findings to Make Instructional Decisions

  • Developing as a Teacher

  • Strategies for Learning and Studying Effectively

2. Learning, Cognition, and Memory

  • Thinking and Learning in the Brain

  • Learning as Active Construction

  • How Human Memory Operates

  • Why Learners May or May Not Remember What They Have Learned

  • Promoting Effective Cognitive Processes

    • Supporting Optimal Brain Functioning

    • Remembering the Limitations of Attention and Working Memory

    • Encouraging Effective Long-Term Memory Storage Processes

    • Facilitating Retrieval

    • Monitoring Students’ Progress

3. Complex Cognitive Processes

  • Self-Regulation and Metacognition

    • Effective Self-Regulated Learning

    • The Roles of Metacognition

  • Transfer

  • Problem Solving and Creativity

  • Critical Thinking

  • Promoting Self-Regulation Skills and Metacognitive Development

  • Creating a Classroom Environment that Nurtures Complex Processes.

4. Learning in Context

  • Immediate Stimuli as Context

  • Social Interaction as Context

  • Culture, Society, Technology and Academic Domains as Contexts

    • Culture as Context

    • Society as Context

    • Technology and Media as Contexts

    • Academic Content Domains as Contexts

  • How Learners Modify Their Environments

  • Providing Supportive Contexts for Learning

    • Encouraging Productive Behaviors

    • Providing Physical, Social, and Technological Support for Effective Cognitive Processes

  • Taking Students' Broader Cultural and Socioeconomic Context into Account

5. Motivation and Affect

  • The Nature of Motivation

  • Basic Human Needs

  • Cognitive Factors in Motivation

  • Affect and its Effects on Motivation and Learning

  • Promoting Motivation and Productive Affect

    • Strategies That Empower Students

    • Strategies That Demonstrate the Usefulness of Activities

    • Strategies That Foster Success

    • Strategies That Stimulate Interest

    • Strategies That Show and Promote Caring

    • Strategies That Generate Productive Affect for Learning

6. Cognitive Development

  • General Principles of Development

  • Developmental Processes

  • Trends in Cognitive Development

  • Intelligence

  • Addressing Students' Developmental Needs

    • Accommodating Developmental Differences and Diversity

    • Fostering Cognitive Development in All Students

7. Personal, Social, and Moral Development

  • Personality and Sense of Self

  • Peer Relationships

    • Social Cognition

  • Moral and Prosocial Development

  • Promoting Personal, Social, and Moral Development

    • Fostering Personal Development

    • Encouraging Effective Social Cognition and Interpersonal Skills

    • Promoting Moral Reasoning and Prosocial Behavior

  • Supporting Students Who Face Exceptional Personal or Social Challenges

8. Instructional Strategies

  • Planning Instruction

  • Conducting Teacher-Directed Instruction

  • Conducting Learner-Directed Instruction

  • General Instructional Strategies

9. Strategies for Creating an Effective Classroom Environment

  • Creating an Environment Conducive to Learning

  • Expanding the Sense of Community Beyond the Classroom

  • Reducing Unproductive Behaviors

  • Addressing Aggression and Violence at School

10. Assessment Strategies

  • Using Assessments for Various Purposes

    • Guiding Instructional Decision Making

    • Diagnosing Learning and Performance Problem

    • Determining What Students Have Ultimately Learned from Instruction

    • Evaluating the Quality of Instruction

    • Promoting Learning

  • Enhancing Learning through Classroom Assessment Practices

  • Important Qualities of Good Assessment

  • Informally and Formally Assessing Students' Progress and Achievements

    • Conducting Informal Assessments

    • Designing and Giving Formal Assessments

    • Evaluating Students’ Performance on Formal Assessments

  • Summarizing Students' Achievement with Grades and Portfolios

  • Assessing Students' Achievement and Abilities with Standardized Tests