Using Psychology in the Classroom
- Stephen James Minton - Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Classroom Management & Student Behavior | Developmental Psychology | School/Educational Psychology
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 undergraduate and graduate teaching degree programs. Constant links between theory and practice also make it a valuable read for practitioners reflecting on their approach to common classroom scenarios.
'Stephen Minton has produced a very readable and extremely useful book. It provides coverage on a range of areas that are of importance within primary and secondary education, drawing insightfully from classic and contemporary psychology. An excellent text, highly recommended to educators in training and in practice'
-Adrian North, Professor of Psychology, Heriot-Watt University
Minton offers a well rounded view of ways of managing potentially challenging behaviour in the classroom including prejudice, bullying and conflict. He also includes stress management for teachers and developing self esteem, which could be applicable to teachers as well as learners. This book is well written and well explained.
A well-written and accessible book with useful opportunities to pause for reflection throughout and appropriate discussion topics at the end of each chapter. The text provides good summaries of the main psychological theories and introduces a range of relevant topics relating to teaching and learning, eg SEN, learning styles, discipline, with relevant sources for further reading identified.
This book is highly recommended to primary teachers in particular, as it will help them to provide a more holistic enabling environment that also supports children's PSE development. There is also effective and welcomed guidance on how to deal with stress and difficult situations.
I really like this book because it is useful for UG psychology students in all years. The later chapters focus on specific contemporary issues such as cyberbullying, teacher stress, and dealing with prejudice and discrimination: all issues my final year students studying Educational Psychology are highly interested in.
This is an interesting & useful additional text providing concise reference to educational-psycholgy related issues.
Excellent reading for all students who wish to teach in education. This is an easy book to read. Well laid out and easy to follow.
Very interesting supporting text.
A very good resource clearly identifying implications for practice.
A broad, well sourced and readable companion to any teacher training program. Minton handles a number of debates in education well.