Teachers have to deal with a variety of personalities and issues when standing in front of a class. An understanding of educational psychology can help a teacher to get their message across effectively to a variety of different learners, it can also help a teacher to understand why a student may be struggling in class and how they can help them to learn. The Alison educational psychology learning path will help teachers and instructors to understand the area of education psychology and how people learn differently, thus helping them to deliver their message more effectively. The Alison Learning path in educational psychology is of interest to anyone who has to teach or instruct a class with people of varying abilities. It is also of interest to anyone wishing to understand how the brain breaks down and interprets information. This Alison educational psychology learning path looks at the principles governing the main areas of the field, such as; learning processes, special education needs, development, diversity, communication techniques and instructional planning.
Courses in this Learning Path
Introduction to the Learning Process for Teachers and Trainers
For teachers and trainers to fulfil their instructional role most effectively, their teaching methods must be grounded in educational learning theory. Understanding the learning process is a key element of educational learning theory and provides a framework for teachers and trainers to plan, create and deliver effective lessons, and assess each student's learning. In this free online education course, you will be introduced to the learning process.
The course begins by differentiating between teaching and learning, and by describing teachers’ and trainers’ perspectives on learning. The course provides details about two major learning theories: behaviourism and constructivism. Within the section on Behaviourism, operant conditioning and its implications for teaching are examined in detail. The section on Constructivism compares and contrasts two subtypes of constructivism: psychological constructivism and social constructivism. Finally, the implications of constructivism for teaching are discussed using two practical strategies.
This free online education course will be of great interest to professionals in the education sector who would like a greater knowledge and understanding of the learning process that will enhance their teaching and training, and to all students who are interested in the process of how we learn.
2-3 Hours50 Points
Working with Students with Special Educational Needs
Special education addresses the individual differences and requirements of students with special educational needs. As a teacher or trainer, working with students with special educational needs requires specific skills and strategies to create and deliver effective programs.
Alison's free online education course serves as an introduction to the field of special education. The course begins by outlining core elements of special education, including the change in educational legalization in recent years with particular emphasis on legislation in the United States. The responsibilities of teachers and trainers are also detailed, along with the individual educational plan (IEP). The course describes the most frequent disabilities encountered in the classroom: learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), intellectual disabilities, behavioral disorders, and physical disabilities and sensory impairments. The course provides key information about each of these disabilities and describes practical strategies on how to assist and teach students with these disabilities.
This education course will be of great interest to professionals in the education sector who would like a greater knowledge and understanding of working with students with special educational needs, and to all students who are interested in special education.2-3 Hours50 Points
Understanding Student Development and Diversity
Student development and student diversity need to be studied and understood simultaneously. While there are general similarities between students, ultimately every student develops in a different way depending on a variety of social, cognitive, cultural and gender-related factors.
This course aims to further your understanding of student development and diversity. The course discusses physical, cognitive, social and moral development of students in detail. Key development theories are examined and practical classroom examples are supplied to engage the learner. Vital information about student diversity is also presented. It zones in on two core elements of student diversity: gender and culture.
This free online education course will be of great interest to professionals in the education sector who would like a greater knowledge and understanding of student development and diversity, and to all students who are interested in development and diversity in education.
2-3 Hours50 Points
Effective Communication Techniques for Teachers
Communication in classrooms is more complex and unpredictable than in many other situations. As a teacher, understanding the unique features and functions of communication in the classroom is very important.
This free online course will help you to discover these functions, and how they impact on each individual in the classroom. It will teach you how classroom communication serves a mixture of three purposes at once: content talk, procedural talk, and behavior control talk. Learn how to recognize different elements of communication, not only the verbal but also the non-verbal and the unintended. Understand that to be effective in non-verbal communication you should know how to measure the correct eye-contact length, social distance and wait time.
This online course will teach you about the register in a classroom and how to use it in a way that is most beneficial to students’ thinking. Discover the four main structures of participation in teaching, how they influence communication, and some of the the advantages and disadvantages to each.
This free online course will be of great interest to teachers and trainers who wish to improve their communication within the learning environment.
2-3 Hours50 Points
Motivating Students to Learn
Motivation is the energy that gives behavior direction and focus, and can be understood in a variety of ways. This free online course will teach you about the different theories on motivation and you will learn how to create a classroom environment that encourages motivation.
One perspective on understanding motivation is behaviorism, where underlying motives are equated to outward expressions. Other perspectives are based on cognitive theories, and you will learn how to generate interest in a topic and to encourage achievement goals that increase motivation. Students’ attributions about the success or failure of a task also affect their motivation; you will learn how to create an environment that will encourage positive attributions. This free online course will help you discover how to encourage high self-efficacy beliefs in a student, as high self-efficacy can affect motivation positively.
The self-determination theory is based on the idea that everyone has basic needs that must be fulfilled before they can be fully motivated, and you will learn how to ensure that these needs are fulfilled in your classroom. The course will then teach you how to combine elements from the different theories through the TARGET model, and create a positive learning environment that promotes motivation.
2-3 Hours50 Points
Instructional Planning for Successful Teaching
Education has goals, purposes and objectives. A vital task in teaching is to know what they are and transform them into objectives for students. Without these, students may end up confused or frustrated.
This free online course will help you to set goals and plan each goal specifically for your class. Learn how to set general goals using curriculum frameworks and guides. Use a compromise between the cognitive and behavioral approach when formulating more specific educational objectives. Learn how to classify different degrees of generality or specificity in the cognitive, affective or psychomotor domains. This online course will teach you how to use your students as a source of instructional goals as well, and how important it is to practice multicultural education. Enhance student learning by calling on a wide variety of resources for your goals. Create links between the curriculum goals and students’ prior experiences to help your plans to succeed.
This free course will be of great interest to teachers and trainers who wish to improve their instructional planning and make the learning experience most beneficial for their students.
2-3 Hours50 Points