For undergraduate and graduate courses in cognition/instruction in education and applied psychology departments. Solidly rooted in current cognitive psychology and motivation research, this text applies the findings of such research directly to classroom teaching and students' learning. After an introduction to the basic principles of cognitive psychology and its position in education, the text explains cognitive processes, explores the importance of beliefs and motivations in the process of cognition, and, finally, examines the ways cognitive psychology informs teaching and learning in specific content areas. Discernable throughout the coverage is the authors' belief that a solid understanding of the cognitive psychology perspective enhances a teacher's ability to understand educational goals, educational processes, and the overall educational system.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Cognitive Psychology. PART ONE: INFORMATION PROCESSING THEORY. 2. Sensory, Short-Term, and Working Memory. 3. Long-Term Memory: Structures and Models. 4. Encoding Processes. 5. Retrieval Processes. PART TWO: BELIEFS AND COGNITION. 6. Beliefs about Self. 7. Beliefs about Intelligence and Knowledge. PART THREE: FOSTERING COGNITIVE GROWTH. 8. Problem Solving and Critical Thinking. 9. Classroom Contexts for Cognitive Growth. 10. Technological Contexts for Cognitive Growth. PART FOUR: COGNITION IN THE CLASSROOM. 11. Learning to Read. 12. Reading to Learn. 13. Writing. 14. Cognitive Approaches to Mathematics. 15. Cognitive Approaches to Science. Glossary. References. Name Index. Subject Index.