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Introduction to Educational Psychology


Introduction to Educational Psychology covers the material that is usually taught in a one-semester undergraduate course in this subject. Educational Psychology emphasizes principles of learning and cognition, teaching methods and classroom management, child growth and development, and evaluation and assessment of learning.

The following abilities will be required for the exam:
  • Knowledge and comprehension of basic facts, concepts, and principles
  • Association of ideas with given theoretical positions
  • Awareness of important influences on learning and instruction
  • Familiarity with research and statistical concepts and procedures
  • Ability to apply various concepts and theories to particular teaching situations and problems

Topics covered include:
  • Educational Aims or Philosophies
    • Socialization
    • Preparation for responsible citizenship
    • Preparation for careers
    • Lifelong learning
    • Moral/character development

  • Cognitive Perspective
    • Attention and perception
    • Memory capacity
    • Organization of long-term memory
    • Chunking/encoding
    • Mental imagery
    • Problem-solving
    • Transfer

  • Behavioristic Perspective
    • Classical conditioning
    • Law of Effect
    • Operant conditioning
    • Applications of behaviorism
    • Behavioral modification programs
    • Schedules of reinforcement
    • Token economies
    • Cognitive learning theory

  • Development
    • Cognitive
    • Social
    • Moral
    • Language acquisition
    • Gender identity/sex roles
    • Adolescence
    • Mental health
    • School readiness

  • Motivation
    • Theories of motivation
    • Achievement motivation
    • Locus of control/attribution theory
    • Learned helplessness
    • Reinforcement contingencies
    • Intrinsic motivation
    • Anxiety/stress

  • Individual Differences
    • Nature vs. nurture
    • Intelligence
    • Aptitude/achievement
    • Reading ability
    • Exceptionalities in learning
    • Creativity
    • Cultural influences

  • Testing
    • Test construction
    • Test validity
    • Test reliability
    • Norm- and criterion-referenced tests
    • Scaled scores/standard deviation
    • Bias in testing
    • Classroom assessment
    • Use and misuse of assessment techniques
    • Assessment of instructional objectives
    • Descriptive statistics

  • Pedagogy
    • Psychology of content areas
    • Instructional design and technique
    • Classroom management
    • Advance organizers
    • Discovery and reception learning
    • Cooperative learning
    • Clarity/organization
    • Teacher expectations/Pygmalion effect/wait time
    • Bilingual/ESL instruction

  • Research Design and Analysis
    • Experiments
    • Surveys
    • Longitudinal research
    • Qualitative research/case studies
    • Research analysis and statistics

(Taken from “Introduction to Educational Psychology,” CLEP: Introduction to Educational Psychology Exam—collegeboard.com.)

The required textbook(s) for the Traditional course are listed below.

  • Psychology for Teaching (USED)   
      10th by Lefrancois, Guy - Thomson Learning (Wadsworth), 2000
        
    ISBN 9780534574475