Teaching in the twenty-first century offers a number of satisfactions—witnessing and assisting the growth of young people, lifelong learning, the challenge and excitement of designing effective instruction. Four trends have affected the way that these satisfactions are experienced by classroom teachers: (1) increased diversity of students, (2) the spread of instructional technology in schools and classrooms, (3) increased expectations for accountability in education, and (4) the development of increased professionalism among teachers. Each trend presents new opportunities to students and teachers, but also raises new issues for teachers. Educational psychology, and this textbook, can help teachers to make constructive use of the new trends as well as deal with the dilemmas that accompany them. It offers information, advice, and useful perspectives specifically in three areas of teaching: (1) students as learners, (2) instruction and assessment, and (3) the psychological and social awareness of teachers.
At the end of each chapter of this book are references to a large website, Teaching Ed Psych, which has many resources that can assist in learning more about educational psychology. The Teaching Ed Psych website can be used either by you, as a student preparing to become a teacher, or by your instructor if he or she is looking for materials useful for class sessions related to educational psychology.
Later chapters will cite particular pages within the website. For Chapter 1, though, simply have a look at the teachingedpsych home page.
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