ERIC Number: ED475834
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Variability in Teaching Educational Psychology: Comparisons across Variables.
Johnson, E. Jean; Morgan, Ronald R.
The teaching of educational psychology in teacher preparation programs was studied, focusing on some of the dimensions noted by Rocklin (1996): student characteristics, instructor characteristics, and institutional/course characteristics. A student assessment was used to determine student demographics, educational types, knowledge about educational psychology, ability to sequence instruction, and preferences for diverse modes of instruction. A content analysis of course materials and interviews with students and instructors also provided data. Four institutions, 20 instructors, and 721 students participated. Results yield limited information related to the purpose and place of educational psychology within teacher education programs of study. Some preliminary empirically based recommendations can be made. It appears, because of the relationships found in the multiple analyses and diverse reviews of the data set, educational psychology is best taught by an instructor with some advanced training in the discipline. Students should take educational psychology later, rather than sooner, in their training. It also appears that the educational psychology requirement within a teacher education program seems to yield better outcomes for students if taught as a two-semester sequence. The interview questions are attached. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 21-25, 2003).