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ERIC Number: EJ924184
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-1040-726X
The Social Side of School: Why Teachers Need Social Psychology
Gehlbach, Hunter
Educational Psychology Review, v22 n3 p349-362 Sep 2010
Teaching and learning are fundamentally social enterprises. In attempting to understand, explain, and predict social behavior, social psychologists have amassed scores of empirically grounded, fundamental principles. Yet, many such principles have yet to be applied to classrooms despite the social nature of these settings. This article illustrates how infusing novel concepts from social psychology into teachers' repertoires holds untapped potential to improve their pedagogy, ability to motivate students, and capacity to enrich students' understanding of subject matter. This article first examines three domains of social psychology--social cognition, influence/persuasion, and interpersonal relations--and illustrates how applications of principles from each domain could benefit classrooms. Next, two exemplars are presented to demonstrate the efficacy of past interventions that are rooted in social psychological principles. Finally, pathways through which teacher educators can introduce new social psychological concepts and applications to teachers are explored.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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