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Using Psychology in the Classroom

Using Psychology in the Classroom

February 2012 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.

What is Psychology?
The Self, Self-Esteem and Self-Esteem Enhancement through Educational Practice
Preventing and Countering Bullying Behaviour and Cyber-Bullying in School Communities
Intelligence, Learning Styles and Educational Attainment
Positive Teaching, Co-Operative Learning and Assertive Discipline in Schools
Special Educational Needs
Dealing with Prejudice: Racism, Homophobia and Alterophobia in Schools
Educational Assessment and Curriculum Development
Stress and Stress Management for Teachers and Educators

'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.

Mrs Jackie Anne Villars
Higher Education, Accrington And Rossendale College
May 19, 2020

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.

Mrs Suzi Smale
Early Years, Petroc
May 27, 2015

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.

Mrs Anna Colgan
Higher Education, Banbury and Bicester College
July 13, 2014

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.

Ms Jenna Condie
Psychology , Salford University
August 13, 2013

This is an interesting & useful additional text providing concise reference to educational-psycholgy related issues.

Ms Janet Monahan
School of Education, Hertfordshire University
August 6, 2013

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.

Mrs Cheryl Hine
Teacher Training, Leeds City College
June 7, 2013

Very interesting supporting text.

Ms Susan McGarroch
Teacher Education, Leeds City College
April 30, 2013

A very good resource clearly identifying implications for practice.

Dr Judith Butler
Social & General Studies Department, Cork Institute of Technology
March 5, 2013

A broad, well sourced and readable companion to any teacher training program. Minton handles a number of debates in education well.

Mr Bill Myers
School of Education, Wolverhampton University
February 13, 2013

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