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Educational Psychology: What Do We Teach, What Should We Teach?

Snowman, Jack

Educational Psychology Review, 1997, Vol.9(2), pp.151-170 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Educational Psychology: What Do We Teach, What Should We Teach?
  • Author/Creator: Snowman, Jack
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: educational psychology ; educational psychology textbooks ; educational psychology courses ; teaching educational psychology
  • Is Part Of: Educational Psychology Review, 1997, Vol.9(2), pp.151-170
  • Description: Teacher education students sometimes question the value of educational psychology courses even though educational psychology textbooks are primarily concerned with understanding and improving classroom teaching and learning. A survey of current educational psychology textbooks and instructors reveals that (a) most texts cover a wide variety of topics, (b) instructors rate most of these topics as important, (c) there are large variations in depth of coverage among texts, and (d) all texts contain numerous classroom applications. The questionable reputation of the educational psychology course may stem from its broad coverage. A dozen or more topics in one semester may decrease the probability that most students will achieve a solid grasp of any one topic, leaving students uncertain about the course's meaning and applicability. A proposed solution is to offer the introductory course as a two-semester sequence, with the second course offered as an elective.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 1040-726X ; E-ISSN: 1573-336X ; DOI: 10.1023/A:1024740512959