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Educational Psychology for Learners: Connecting Theory, Research and Application

Author(s): Angela Vaughan, Brett Wilkinson

Edition: 3

Copyright: 2022

Pages: 366

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Educational Psychology for Learners is the ideal text for First-Year Seminar programs that recognize the need for first-time college students to engage in rigorous intellectual discussion based on theory and current research as a means to support students’ academic growth, personal development and integration into the scholarly community.  In addition to the relevant theories and research, there is an emphasis on the application of key psychological concepts such as motivation, knowledge acquisition, and self-regulation directly into their educational experiences in the first year and beyond.   

Distinctive Features include:

  • Illustrates how educational psychology provides the foundation for personal, academic, and professional success. 
  • Unlike other educational psychology texts, this text focuses on helping learners gain awareness and skills for themselves rather than helping teachers in their practice.
  • Unlike other college success texts that introduce learning strategies and then offers research to support these strategies, this text begins each cluster with a comprehensive overview of theories and research before discussing relevant and concrete applications students can incorporate into their own educational experiences. 
  • The comprehensive overviews and theoretical discussions naturally support first-year programs that must rely on instructors with limited scholarly expertise in the educational psychology discipline.   
  • Perfect for first-year or learning courses that are incorporated into general education requirements and curriculum as it fosters increased student competencies in reading, writing and critical thinking. 
  • Case studies, activities and examples give students the chance to think about how to apply their theoretical knowledge to real-world contexts.  
  • Reading lists are also included for both student and faculty to enable further study. 

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PREFACE  

CHAPTER 1– THE BIG PICTURE: EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY AND RESEARCH IN HIGHER EDUCATION                                                                                                                                    

INTRODUCTION – OVERVIEW AND OBJECTIVES 

CHAPTER 1.1: EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY AND THE MODERN RESEARCH UNIVERSITY

OBJECTIVE: Describe the function of educational psychology in examining processes of learning for individual learners 

OBJECTIVE: Describe the history and guiding purposes of modern research universities, liberal arts traditions, and general education requirements 

OBJECTIVE: Outline the various benefits of acquiring transferrable learning skills, engaging in high-impact educational practices, and becoming a self-regulated learner 

CHAPTER 1.2: INFORMATION LITERACY—SCHOLARSHIP, RESEARCH, AND SOURCES 

OBJECTIVE: Explain the relationship between information literacy and scholarship 

OBJECTIVE: Outline the purpose and characteristics of scholarship in terms of scholarly works, original source materials, general scholarship types, and specific criteria for evaluating scholarly works

OBJECTIVE: Describe how to prepare a research paper in terms of choosing topics, developing thesis statements, finding and evaluating sources, and using citations to avoid plagiarism 

ADDITIONAL READINGS   

CHAPTER 2–A PLAN OF ACTION: EFFECTIVE GOALS AND GOAL SETTING                                                              

INTRODUCTION – CASE STUDY, OVERVIEW, OBJECTIVES   

CHAPTER 2.1: UNDERSTANDING GOALS AND GOAL SETTING

OBJECTIVE: Describe the relationship between values, goals, and goal commitment

OBJECTIVE: Describe the characteristics of a useful goal 

OBJECTIVE: Describe the types of goals—short-term, long-term, and enabling goals—and their relationship to directing behavior

OBJECTIVE: Describe the characteristics of effective goal setting

CHAPTER 2.2: DEVELOPING A PLAN OF ACTION  

OBJECTIVE: Formulate beginning goals and associated goal plans using goal-setting techniques

CASE STUDY RESPONSES  

ADDITIONAL READINGS

CHAPTER 3– MAXIMIZING ORGANIZATION: AN INTERACTION OF GOALS, MOTIVATION, AND TIME MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

INTRODUCTION – CASE STUDY, OVERVIEW, OBJECTIVES 

CHAPTER 3.1: TIME MANAGEMENT THEORIES, MODELS, AND TECHNIQUES 

OBJECTIVE: Describe the different approaches to setting priorities and understanding habits  

OBJECTIVE: Describe how perceived time control influences the experience of both stress and time management efforts  

OBJECTIVE: Describe how the theories of procrastination can explain decision-making, and how underlying psychological factors can influence chronic procrastination

CHAPTER 3.2: THE IDEAL SCHEDULE—CREATING BALANCE AND GETTING IT DONE

OBJECTIVE: Construct a master calendar that supports short-, mid-, and long-range planning

OBJECTIVE: Establish a weekly schedule that supports academic and personal goals 

CHAPTER 3.3: STRATEGIES—INCREASING FOCUS, MOTIVATION, AND EFFICIENCIES 

OBJECTIVE: Describe time management strategies and how they are related to improving focus and motivation 

OBJECTIVE: Identify multiple strategies that will help improve personal time management difficulties

CASE STUDY RESPONSES  

ADDITIONAL READINGS  

CHAPTER 4– UNDERSTANDING MEMORY: INFORMATION PROCESSING FOR THE LONG TERM          

INTRODUCTION – CASE STUDY, OVERVIEW, OBJECTIVES 

CHAPTER 4.1: MEMORY AND LEARNING   

OBJECTIVE: Describe how the components of memory contribute to storing, encoding, and retrieving information 

OBJECTIVE: Describe how the memory continuum is related to processing information 

OBJECTIVE: Compare rehearsal and elaboration strategies, and their relationship to processing information 

CHAPTER 4.2: YOU ARE A VISUAL LEARNER 

OBJECTIVE: Describe learning strategies that use visual imagery to process information  

CHAPTER 4.3: ACTIVE READING AND NOTE-TAKING  

OBJECTIVE: Describe how active reading and note-taking are related to processing information into long-term memory

OBJECTIVE: Describe the processes used in implementing active reading and creating effective lecture notes 

CASE STUDY RESPONSES 

ADDITIONAL READINGS   

CHAPTER 5– MONITORING COMPREHENSION: MEANINGFUL LEARNING AND SUCCESSFUL TEST-TAKING                                                                                     

INTRODUCTION – CASE STUDY, OVERVIEW, OBJECTIVES 

CHAPTER 5.1: COMPREHENSION MONITORING AND LEARNING TAXONOMIES

OBJECTIVE: Outline the purpose and features of comprehension monitoring, and its relationship to self-testing, active reading and listening  

OBJECTIVE: Describe self-testing strategies that minimize illusions of knowing

OBJECTIVE: Describe the role of learning taxonomies in the practice of comprehension monitoring, and provide illustrative examples using Bloom’s taxonomy

CHAPTER 5.2: MAXIMIZING EXAM PERFORMANCE

OBJECTIVE: Describe the relationship between stress, anxiety and performance 

OBJECTIVE: Identify strategies that will help minimize levels of anxiety 

OBJECTIVE: Describe strategies that will help predict exam items 

OBJECTIVE: Describe general and specific test-taking strategies related to successful exam performance 

CASE STUDY RESPONSES

ADDITIONAL READINGS   

CHAPTER 6– THE FUNDAMENTAL CAUSES OF BEHAVIOR: YOUR MOTIVATION                                  

INTRODUCTION – CASE STUDY, OVERVIEW, OBJECTIVES 

CHAPTER 6.1: SOME MOTIVATION THEORIES 

OBJECTIVE: Describe the relationship between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and their effect on behaviors 

OBJECTIVE: Describe the different kinds of achievement motivation (goal orientations) and their influences on motivation

CHAPTER 6.2: BELIEFS THAT DRIVE MOTIVATION 

OBJECTIVE: Discuss the role of self-efficacy in learning 

OBJECTIVE: Describe attributions and their relationship with growth mindset and achievement motivation  

CHAPTER 6.3: GAINING AWARENESS AND TAKING CONTROL   

OBJECTIVE: Describe the relationship between motivation and other areas (e. g., goals, time management, etc .) that influence students’ educational experiences

OBJECTIVE: Identify strategies to promote and maintain higher levels of motivation

CASE STUDY RESPONSES  

ADDITIONAL READINGS   

CHAPTER 7– METACOGNITION AND SELF-REGULATED LEARNING: PROMOTING DECISIONS THAT IMPROVE LEARNING AND OUTCOMES  

INTRODUCTION – CASE STUDY, OVERVIEW, OBJECTIVES 

CHAPTER 7.1: THINKING AND METACOGNITION

OBJECTIVE: Describe the relationship between cognition, metacognition, and critical thinking, as well as their features 

OBJECTIVE: Describe the characteristics of metacognitive knowledge and metacognitive regulation, including their commonalities  

OBJECTIVE: Develop an outline for implementing metacognitive strategies on a task 

CHAPTER 7.2: SELF-REGULATED LEARNING  

OBJECTIVE: Describe characteristics of self-regulated learning 

OBJECTIVE: Explain the similarities and differences among two major models of self-regulated learning  

OBJECTIVE: Using the systematic approach to learning, develop an outline for approaching a task

CASE STUDY RESPONSES

ADDITIONAL READINGS  

CHAPTER 8–UNDERSTANDING AND EXPERIENCING DIVERSITY: AN INTRODUCTION    

INTRODUCTION – CASE STUDY, OVERVIEW, OBJECTIVES

CHAPTER 8.1: UNDERSTANDING THE MEANING AND FORMS OF DIVERSITY 

OBJECTIVE: Define diversity and describe its implications in terms of diversity and inclusivity  

OBJECTIVE: Define culture and describe its implications in terms of heritage and identity  

OBJECTIVE: Identify the difference between race and ethnicity  

OBJECTIVE: Define gender and describe its implications in terms of gender roles and gender identity

OBJECTIVE: Define spirituality and how it differs from religion  

CHAPTER 8.2: UNDERSTANDING BARRIERS TO DIVERSITY 

OBJECTIVE: Define prejudice and discrimination, as well as describe their relationship to stereotyping and in-group socialization

OBJECTIVE: Identify the benefits of expanding personal identity and how this can influence your way of thinking about, interacting within, and experiencing the world 

OBJECTIVE: Describe the personal and social benefits of experiencing diversity  

CASE STUDY RESPONSES  

ADDITIONAL READINGS   

CHAPTER 9– WELLNESS: ADVANCING PERFORMANCE, LIFE SATISFACTION, AND CRITICAL THINKING                                                                                       

INTRODUCTION – CASE STUDY, OVERVIEW, OBJECTIVES 

CHAPTER 9.1: THE WELLNESS DIMENSIONS  

OBJECTIVE: Identify and define the eight dimensions of wellness 

OBJECTIVE: Describe how the wellness dimensions relate to performance and life satisfaction 

OBJECTIVE: Describe how time management and goal-setting strategies can be used to achieve balance 

CHAPTER 9.2: TAKING CHARGE OF PERSONAL WELLNESS  

OBJECTIVE: Define wellness in terms of nutrition, exercise, sleep, and social media use 

OBJECTIVE: Describe the relationship between stress management and wellness 

OBJECTIVE: Describe how critical thinking and mindfulness inform wellness  

CASE STUDY RESPONSES  

ADDITIONAL READINGS   

INDEX

Angela Vaughan

Angela Vaughan holds a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is the Faculty Director of the University 101 program at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in Greeley. Angela first developed the program at UNC to support first-semester freshmen; however, it has now expanded to serve all students and support their intellectual and professional development. She began her 20-year career as an educator as a United States Air Force Officer. From there, she has taught and developed curriculum at the high school, community college and university levels. In her present position, she focuses on undergraduate student success as well as helping current and future teachers develop their practice and become more effective. Angela has delivered numerous campus workshops and conference presentations and has authored multiple articles on student learning, success and retention and effective teaching. She also serves as member of the editorial review board for the Journal of College Students Retention: Research, Theory & Practice.

Currently, Dr. Vaughan consults with other first-year programs across the country who want to transform their current programs into an academically rigorous research-based first-year seminar. This includes designing and delivering comprehensive instructor and faculty professional development and training, creating curriculum to serve a wide-range of student populations, and constructing assessments and providing analysis to support short- and long-term program improvement. Her specific expertise is to design resources and programs that serve underrepresented student populations (i.e., first-generation students, conditionally admitted students, and students of color). Results in currently designed programs include up to 20% differences in graduation rates for some of our most at-risk populations, first-generation students who were also conditionally admitted to the university.

Visit Angela Vaughan's website: Vaughan Advanced Learning Consulting

Brett Wilkinson

“We are very pleased with the initial responses from our students and faculty who used your textbook as the foundation of their learning experiences in MUS 121 (The Academic Life) last semester. In particular, the poster nights fostered a sense among the students that they “belong” within an academic community. Also, providing these students with multiple opportunities to read and digest college-level writing from the outset of the course was a powerful way for many of them to recognize and own their individual capacities for success in college.”
- Chadron State College

“I think this course does well at following what the students need at that point in the semester. At the beginning of the year learning time management and goal setting was very helpful and then throughout learning things like wellness before finals was even more useful. I found that [the instructor] had a way of making the subject matter we were learning in class more approachable and applicable to our lives.”
- Students of University of Northern Colorado

"University 101 was my favorite class this semester. I always looked forward to Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Thank you for a great year! Learned things in your class that I will continue to use through college!"
- Anonymous STEM Major

"I believe that the greatest strengths of this course were how well the class was set up to go along with the semester. I liked how all of the topics that we discussed were related to the week that we were in and how we were feeling at the time."
"It truly challenges you. I learned so much about myself. [This class] helped me be a better student."

- Anonymous First-generation Students

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