Educational Psych: Study Questions
Taste of educational psychology by sampling research findings in development,
learning, motivation, instruction, and classroom assessment practices
1. How much can common sense guide you in your efforts to help students learn and
2. What kinds of conclusions can you draw from psychological and educational
3. How can psychological principles, theories, and research assist you in making
decisions about how best to help students learn and achieve? How can your
ongoing assessment of students’ work and behaviours help you as well?
4. How can you continue to improve throughout your professional teaching career?
5. What are some possible explanations for Rosa’s poor academic performance?
Could the source of difficulty lie in her limited experience with English? In her
cultural background? In her motivation? In her study skills? In the ways that her
knowledge is assessed? Or perhaps in some combination of these things?
6. Later in the chapter, we will have an overview of the book and discuss strategies
for studying and learning educational psychology effectively.
1. What principles and theories can guide you in your efforts to adapt instruction to
students’ cognitive abilities and to promote their further cognitive development?
2. How do students’ language abilities change with age, and what implications do
such changes have for classroom practice?
3. How might your students differ from one another in their cognitive and linguistic
development, and how can you accommodate such differences?
Children’s personal development (personalities and selfperceptions), social
development (ability to interact effectively with other people), and moral
development (understanding of right and wrong behaviour)
1. How do heredity and environment influence students’ personal, social, and moral