Catherine Joy Smith
Grand Canyon University
October 15, 2010
Teaching and educational psychology are key elements in having a a successful classroom. Taking the Ormrod’s Psychology Survey really shows how there are many common misbeliefs to how children learn. Ormrod’s text stresses the importance of understanding research. “Quantitative research yields information that is inherently numerical in nature or can be easily reduced to numbers” (Ormrod, J. 2011. p 4). Qualitative research “research that yields information that cannot be easily reduced to numbers; typically involves an in-depth examination of a complex phenomenon.” (Ormrod, J. 2011. p 4). When an educator understands different ways that information is gathered and explored then they are able to further explore their study of their students behavior. The most important thing as a student of education is that there is the ability to merge the information from quantitive research and qualitative research. Theories in education are exciting possibilities that can be examined and explored. There are millions of different possibilities as far as theories that are related to our students: motivation, behavior, development and learning. To successfully teach, understanding why and how our students preform is key. In the classroom we must continually assess our on students work and then develop methods to help students improve.
Conducting action research in the classroom helps to accomplish effective strategies for their school. First an educator must learn how to identify an area of focus, this means the educator must state the problem (Ormrod, J. 2011. p 11). Teachers have to successfully collect data through many different resources by using different angles and approaches. An educator can then analyze and interpret the data by looking for patterns in the data. Then finally it is important that we develop an action plan and take action based on the information that was gathered.
As an educator it is important that I look at the big picture that is being given to me in Educational Psychology text. First as an educator I must realize that my decisions in the classroom are often times based on research that has proven to have effective classroom results. I must understand that I will need to constantly preform research to adequately provide the best education for my students. I learned that different research will give me different information about my students. It is important as an educator that learning is always taking place not only for our students but also for ourselves. Module 2
In chapter 2 , Ormrod reading explains to us the general priciples of human development. Introduction is made to Bronfenbrenner’s theory in which layers of the environment influences a childs life. We also discovered how important role that the brain plays in learning and development. I learned in this chapter that maturation is key in development but we also must hold in equal standards a child’s environment. Cognitive development as theorized by Piaget is how a child “ constructs their own unique perspective of the world” (Ormrod, J. E. 2010. p 57). Cognitive abilities and complex thoughts develop with a child age as they grow older. Language development becomes a key developmental tool which grows with the child and allows them to adequately exchange their ideas. The theories of cognitive development are expanded through challenging situations and task. These task if successful can help a child’s self esteem, but if a child is constantly unsuccessful then if can lead to deep frustration for the child.
In the chapter three Ormrod text we learn how education plays an important part in the social development of a child. One of the most important task of an educator is to aid the child in healthy peer relations. Children however construct their own individual social, personal, and moral understanding...