Educational Psychology


To acquire the psychological foundations for the work of the teacher.
The student should be able to use theoretical models in the understanding of the phenomena of education, article reading, analysis and evaluation of practical cases and the creation of alternative courses of action in educational intervention.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

João Manuel Nunes da Silva Nogueira


Weekly - 3

Total - 280

Teaching language





Arends, R. I. (2008). Aprender a ensinar (7ª ed.). Lisboa: McGraw-Hill.
Curwin, R. L. & Mendler, A. N. (2000). Discipline with dignity. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall.
Kaplan, J. S. (1995). Beyond behavior modification: A cognitive-behavioral approach to behavior management in the school (3rd ed.). Austin, TX: PROED.
Pajares, F. M.(2009).
Petty, G. (2009). Evidence-based teaching (2nd ed.). Cheltenham, Uk: Nelson Thornes.
Skinner, B. F. (1989). Questões recentes na Análise Comportamental. Campinas: Papirus.
Tauber, R. T. (1999). Classroom management (3rd ed.). Westport, Connecticut: Bergin & Garvey.
Veiga, F. H. (coord.)(2013). Psicologia da educação: Teoria, investigação e aplicação. Lisboa: Climepsi.
Wong, H. K, & Wong, R.T. (1998). The First days of school. Mountain View, CA: H.K. Wong.
Woolfolk, A. (2012). Educational psychology (12th ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Teaching method

Teacher lectures.
Discussion in class. Paper Presentations.
Visioning and discussing classroom situations.

Evaluation method

Final self-evaluative reflection (5%).(5%), Task analysis of a case of indiscipline (individual work: 65%)(65%), The assessment includes the presentation of a paper to the class in Pecha Kucha mode - 20 slides x 20 seconds (group work: 30%)(30%)

Subject matter

Psychology as a science. Psychology and teacher training: the psychology of learning and development as basis for the work of the teacher. Communication, discipline and classroom management: Kaplan´s task analysis model. Behavioral models of learning (classical conditioning and operant conditioning).
Bandura´s Social cognitive theory. Cognitive development and intelligence. Piaget´s theory. Socio-cognitive and emotional development. The theory of instruction of Jerome Bruner.
The first day with a new class.