This case study book serves as a valuable tool for professors and instructors of educational psychology. It contains 18 cases that represent current areas of interest in Educational Psychology embedded within current challenges that teachers face in today's elementary grade classrooms. The cases are organized into six major parts: Human Development, Individual Differences and Diversity, Learning Theories, Motivation, Classroom Management, Instructional Approaches, and Assessment and Evaluation.Each case describes a detailed teaching scenario written from either the student or the teachers' perspective. To engage students in critical thinking, perspective-taking, analysis, problem solving and decision-making, the cases have been intentionally written without a conclusion. Because the cases are open-ended, it allows the professor or instructor more flexibility and autonomy in how they use the cases. Each case is followed by thought-provoking questions, highlighting the significant issues in the case, from which to analyze the case and apply various theoretical viewpoints. While the cases do not replace actual classroom experience, they present a way to immerse students in the classroom's culture by providing them with real-life teaching examples.
By Patricia P. Willems and Alyssa R. Gonzalez-DeHass
Part I: Human Development Case 1: Adolescent Cliques: To Belong or Not to Belong? Case 2:Internet Plagiarism Case 3: Academic Honesty Case 4: Cyberbullying and Adolescent Identity Part II: Individual Differences and Diversity Case 5: Gender Equity: Encouraging Female Students in Science Case 6:Teaching Students with Special Learning Challenges Part III: Learning Theories Case 7: Cell Phones in Class: Problems with Texting Case 8: Adolescent Relationships and the Power of Social Media Case 9: Grade Grubbing: Complaining and Arguing About Grades Part IV: Motivation Case 10: Encouraging Girls Confidence in Math Case 11: Stressed Out: Dealing with Academic Pressure in High School Part V: Classroom Management Case 12: The Role of the Teacher: Can Students and Teachers Be Friends? Case 13: Responding to Students' Backtalk and Disrespect Case 14: Encounters with Difficult Parents Part VI: Instructional Approaches Case 15: Making the Most of Academic Learning Time Case 16: Meaningful Authentic Learning: Finding the Funding Part VII: Assessment and Evaluation Case 17: Meaningful and Fair: Grading Subjective Assessments