Educational Psychology


Objectives: to understand and bring into perspective the learning process from the Psychology of Education point of view, articulating the four themes within the teaching syllabus: the students, the teacher, the strategies and the materials thought.


Objectives of the discipline: to understand and put into perspective the teaching-learning process from a psychological point of view


(i) Classes Schedule and syllabus / knowledge acquisition:


* to understand the way in which students go through a series of cognitive, personal and moral development stages and how the knowledge of these stages is crucial for the efficiency of the teaching/learning process.


(ii) competencies acquisition plan:


* to bring into perspective the teaching/learning process , starting from an ensemble of theories/concepts that allow to reconsider the strategies to be adopted by the teacher

General characterization





Responsible teacher

José Luís Toivola Câmara Leme


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Teaching language



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Basic bibliography:


Bruner, J. (1966) Toward a Theory of Instruction.


Bruner, J. (1977) The Process of Education.


Bruner, J. (1996) The Culture of Education.


Flavell,  J.H. (1985) Cognitive Development.


Flavell, J.H. (1965) The Development Psychology of J. Piaget.

Nussbaum, Martha, )2010) Not for profit.

Sprinthall N. A. & Sprinthall R. C. (1990) Educational Psychology.

 Tomasello, Michael, The Cultural Origins of Human Cognition, Harvard University Press, 1999.

Teaching method

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Evaluation method

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Subject matter

1. Psychology and Educational Psychology


1.1. The arising of a theoretical framework


1.2  E.L. Thornidike  and the experimental education


1.3. J. Dewey and the human interaction


The foundations of growth and development

2.1. The nature-education controversy: the kallikak family and the baby Albert


2.2.  The IQ tests


2.3. K. Lorenz and the imprinting


Physical growth and development

3.1 behavioral genetics


3.2. Periods of growth and educational problems


Precaucious Experience

4.1 Bloom´s  growth curbe with negativ acelaration


4.2.  Krech´s mice


4.3 The Head Start programme


Cognitive Development

5.1    Piaget´s stages of cognitive development


6.   Personal Development


6.1 Freud  and the discovery of childhood


6.2 E. Erikson and the vital cycle


7.  Moral development


7.1 Kolberg´s stages of moral development


8. Theories of learning


8.1 The theories of associationism


8.2. The cognitives theories


8.3 Skinner and behaviourism


8.4. J. Bruner and process of thinking


9. Learning in the classroom


9.1. Transfer


9.2. Learning and modelling


9.3. Conditioning


10. Individual diference


10.1 Measure, variability and correlation


11. Intelligence: concepts and measurements


11.1 History of the IQ tests


11.2. The IQ tests nowadays


11.3. Criticism to IQ tests


12. Motivation and discipline in the classroom


12.1 Motivation and the law of effect


12.2. Levels of the discipline


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