Features and Benefits

These features help readers understand how to facilitate learning as teachers.

  • Each chapter is organized around three to six Big Ideas to help students focus on key principles around which the entire book revolves.

  • A shorter length than competing textbooks (about 400 pages) makes the book suitable for 10-week and 15-week terms, while still covering all of the topics typically found in longer competitors.

  • A persistent focus on the application of concepts, principles, and theories to classroom practice—both in the text and in the hot linked interactive exercises—increases the probability that future teachers will make use of educational psychology in their instructional practices.

  • An engaging, conversational writing style encourages students’ mental engagement with the text, while enhancing their learning and understanding.

  • See for Yourself exercises let students see important principles in action in their own thinking and learning.

NEW! New topics were added to bring readers up to date with new developments in the field, for example:

  • The field of educational psychology and its relation to other disciplines (Ch. 1).

  • Grit (Ch. 5).

  • Accommodating students who are homeless (Ch. 7).

  • The Next Generation Science Standards and ISTE standards for technological literacy (Ch. 8).

  • Accommodating English Language Learners (Ch. 8).

  • School climate (Ch. 9).

  • Computer-based standardized testing and adaptive assessment (Ch. 10).

  • The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (Ch. 10).

  • Value-added assessment (Ch. 10).

NEW! Expanded discussions of some topics make the information consistent with new developments in the field, for example:

  • Study strategies (Ch. 1).

  • Working memory (Ch. 2).

  • Specific and general transfer (Ch. 3).

  • Well-defined and ill-defined problems (Ch. 3).

  • Reinforcement and punishment (Ch. 4).

  • Interest (Ch. 5).

  • Development of working memory (Ch. 6).

  • Moral and pro-social development (Ch. 7).

  • Standards (Ch. 8).

  • Technology-based simulations and games (Ch. 8).

  • Backward design (Ch. 10).

  • Rubrics (Ch. 10).

  • Technology in assessment (Ch. 10).

  • Criterion-referenced scores (Ch. 10).


Also available with MyLab Education

Designed to bring learners more directly into the world of K-12 classrooms and to help them see the very real impact that educational psychology concepts have on learning and development, MyLab™ Education provides practice using educational psychology concepts in teaching situations, helps students and instructors see how well students understand the content, and helps students more deeply process educational psychology and better understand how to use it as a teacher (and as a learner). The online resources in the MyLab Education with Enhanced Pearson eText include:

  • Video Examples. About 5 or 6 times per chapter, an embedded video provides an illustration of an educational psychology principle or concept in action. These video examples most often show students and teachers working in classrooms. Sometimes they show students or teachers describing their thinking or experiences.

  • Video Explanations. Throughout the text, Jeanne Ormrod provides video explanations of essential concepts. Excerpted from her series of longer educational psychology modules, these brief lectures include animated slides and worked examples.

  • Self-Checks. In each chapter, three to four self-check quizzes help assess how well learners have mastered the content. The self-checks are made up of self-grading multiple-choice items that not only provide feedback on whether questions are answered correctly or incorrectly, but also provide rationales for both correct and incorrect answers.

  • Application Exercises. These scaffolded analysis exercises challenge learners to use chapter content to reflect on teaching and learning in real classrooms. The questions in these exercises are usually constructed-response. Once learners provide their own answers to the questions, they receive feedback in the form of model answers written by experts.

  • Licensure Practice. Practice for Your Licensure Exam assessments, modeled after questions found on teacher licensure tests, help readers prepare for their certification exams.

  • Study Modules. These interactive, application-oriented modules provide opportunities to learn foundational educational psychology concepts in ways other than reading about them. The modules present content through screen-capture videos that include animations, worked examples, and classroom videos. The modules can be accessed in the left navigation bar of the MyLab.

  • Classroom Management Simulations. The simulations engage learners in decision making about classroom management strategies. These interactive cases focus on the classroom management issues teachers most frequently encounter on a daily basis. Each simulation presents a challenge scenario at the beginning and then offers a series of choices to solve each challenge. Along the way learners receive mentor feedback on their choices and have the opportunity to make better choices if necessary.

  • Video Analysis Tool. Access to our widely anticipated Video Analysis Tool is available in the left-hand navigation bar of MyLab Education. The Video Analysis Tool helps build students' skills in analyzing teaching. Exercises provide authentic classroom videos paired with rubrics that guide and scaffold students in their analysis. Timestamp and commenting tools allow students to easily annotate the videos and connect their observations to educational psychology concepts.

  • MyLab Education includes the Pearson eText version of the book.