Using Psychology in the Classroom

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SAGE, Feb 21, 2012 - Psychology - 192 pages
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Psychology can be applied to understanding a range of current issues and topics in teaching and educational practice. Starting with the question, 'what is psychology?', and a topical overview of child and adolescent development, Stephen James Minton moves on to discuss seven areas of contemporary concern in education, showing how psychological approaches can help teachers in key areas of practice.

Areas covered include:

- the self, self-esteem, and self-esteem enhancement

- intelligence, learning styles and educational attainment

- positive teaching, co-operative learning and assertive discipline

- special educational needs

- preventing and countering bullying and cyber-bullying

- dealing with prejudice

- stress and stress management

This detailed text will be vital reading for all those studying psychology and applied psychology in primary and secondary teaching degree programmes. Constant links between theory and practice also make it a valuable read for practitioners reflecting on their approach to common classroom scenarios.

Stephen James Minton is a lecturer in Psychology of Education at Trinity College Dublin.


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1 Introducing Psychology in the Classroom
2 An Overview of Child and Adolescent Psychological Development
3 The Self Selfesteem and Selfesteem Enhancement through Educational Practice
4 Intelligence Learning Styles and Educational Attainment
5 Positive Discipline Conflict Resolution and Cooperative Learning in Schools
6 Thinking about Special Educational Needs
7 Preventing and Countering Bullying Behaviour and Cyberbullying in Schools
8 Dealing with Prejudice Racism Homophobia and Alterophobia in Schools
9 Stress and Stress Management for Teachers and Educators
10 Conclusions

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Dr Stephen James Minton is a chartered psychologist and a full-time lecturer in the psychology of education at the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin, and a graduate of the University of Glasgow and Trinity College Dublin. He is the co-author of 'Dealing with Bullying in Schools: A Training Manual for Teachers, Parents and Other Professionals' (SAGE, 2004), and has authored and co-authored numerous scholarly articles on the psychology of education, particularly on the subject of school bullying and violence. Dr Minton is regularly called upon to provide training to various groups within schools and the broader community in Ireland and beyond.

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