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Psychology for Teachers

Psychology for Teachers

Second Edition
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March 2018 | 536 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Psychology for Teachers explains how psychology can be intelligently applied to the classroom to meet the needs of different learners. It encourages teachers to review their own practice to develop a personal teaching style, supported by research findings and an awareness of the factors underpinning high-quality teaching.

Focusing on how an understanding of psychological theory can support effective teaching and learning this book contains case studies and tasks to make sure that trainees really understand how theory can be meaningfully applied in the classroom.

This new edition now comes with three brand new sections:

  • Mental health, wellbeing & resilience
  • Psychological skills
  • Evidence-based teaching

This book is relevant for anyone undertaking an Education Studies degree or doing Primary or Secondary teacher training - particularly for the professional studies teaching topics.

Part 1: Psychological Perspectives on Education
Chapter 1: Classical Approaches to Psychology
Chapter 2: Developing Approaches to Psychology
Chapter 3: The Effective Teacher
Chapter 4: The Philosophy and Psychology of Professional Practice
Part 2: The Individual Learner
Chapter 5: Neurological and Physical Development
Chapter 6: Perceptual and Cognitive Development
Chapter 7: Social, Emotional Development and Personality
Part 3: Meeting the Needs of the Learner
Chapter 8: Understanding the Self
Chapter 9: Understanding Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Chapter 10: Motivation
Chapter 11: Integrating Psychology in the Classroom
Part 4: Mental Health, Wellbeing and Resilience
Chapter 12: Mental Wellbeing
Chapter 13: Coaching Psychology and Developing Resilience
Part 5: Psychological Skills Training
Chapter 14: Goal-Setting
Chapter 15: Mental Imagery
Chapter 16: Self-Talk and Cognitive Restructuring
Chapter 17: Relaxation
Part 6: Evidence-Based Teaching
Chapter 18: Doing Research
Chapter 19: Analysing Data
Part 7: Classroom Practice
Chapter 20: The Learning Environment
Chapter 21: The ‘Ideal’ Teacher
Chapter 22: Reflective Position: Integrating the Strands of this Book


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This is an outstanding publication for all teachers to gain a deeper understanding of the psychological complexities of teaching and learning. This publication is relevant, up-to-date, research-informed and full of practical ideas - an engaging read to inform and transform our work with young people. Highly recommended!

Anna Lise Gordon
Professor of Education, St Mary’s University

This book is well laid out and describes each section well. A good all rounder to help support any student.

Mrs Susan Schofield
Equine, Myerscough College
April 3, 2019

This is an essential read for all psychology teachers and lecturers . It is written in a very readable style so excellent for non subject specialists , but still manages to be keep a subject specialist stretched and informed.

Miss Carey Allen
Dept Arts, Media and Humanities, Northampton College
August 23, 2018

Very useful for all educationalists training

Ms Carol Lloyd
Childhood Studies, Chichester University
March 2, 2018

I reviewed this for a course, my usual habit is to skim read and pause over certain pages. Instead i found myself reading every word, 300 pages in and it occurred to me what was happening. So 8 have recommended the book for adoption because the text covers the subject well and is cahhenging for the reader, I especially enjoyed the way positive psychology in incorporated this enhances the work substantially.

Mr David Rawcliffe
Pre-Registration Nursing, University of West London
February 22, 2018

An accessible text both for students who are familiar with the basics of psychology and also those who are new to the subject, with a wide range of topics considering how psychology can be applied in education. Would recommend for any students considering a career in teaching - a must read

Mrs Suzi Smale
Psychology, Petroc College
February 19, 2018

This is a valuable introduction to basic psychology that is well written and contains a lot of practical examples for those working in education.

Mr Paul Demetriou-Crane
Education, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
February 19, 2018

This is a great book for anyone wanting to reflect and refresh their academic practice

Ms Marilia Angove
Glamorgan Business School, University of South Wales (Glamorgan)
February 7, 2018

Paul Castle

Paul Castle is a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist, registered with the Health Professions Council and Senior Lecturer at the University Worcester. As an applied practitioner, Paul has over a decade of experience in providing psychological support to athletes and motor racers from novice to World Championship level. In recent years, Paul has utilised his expertise to provide support for members of the teaching profession, with a particular emphasis on reducing stress, depression and burnout. More About Author

Scott Buckler

Scott Buckler has an extensive career in education, as a primary and secondary teacher, elearning developer, and as a principal lecturer, having worked for four universities. In recent years, Scott has returned to schools to refresh his practical experience and is currently working towards Chartered Teacher status. Scott has a PhD in anthropology and is widely published in the areas of psychology and education. He is a Chartered Psychologist with expertise in transpersonal psychology and applied educational psychology, two fields that harmonise in the focus of the individual sense of self, a core theme within this book. More About Author