Applications of Psychological Science to Teaching and Learning
About the APS-TL Taskforce
The public and policy makers recognize that teachers employ psychology every day when making instructional, assessment and classroom management decisions. Building on APA’s commitment to high quality instruction at the Pre-K-12 level, the Board of Educational Affairs sponsored a task force designed to explore the applications of psychological science to teaching and learning by tapping the expertise of psychologists from several sub-disciplines including: motivation, development, assessment, behavior management, social psychology, and learning and instruction, to work collaboratively on translating psychological literature associated with evidence based teaching strategies. The focus of the work is to integrate developmental and contextual concerns with research on instruction.
These 10 modules were created by the members of a Task Force on the Applications of Psychological Science to Teaching and Learning. Their goal was to use research from the psychological and educational sciences and show how it can be applied to practical instructional problems and needs.
They selected topics for these materials based on the Teacher Needs Survey that was conducted from 2004–2006 with over 2,400 teachers giving feedback about their greatest professional development requirements.
Based on those outcomes, these 10 teaching modules were created to reflect the array of challenges teachers may face in the classroom.
Practice for Knowledge Acquisition (Not Drill and Kill)
Research in Brain Function and Learning
Brain Function and Learning Module
Classroom Management Module
How Do my Students Think: Diagnosing Student Thinking
Diagnosing Student Thinking Module
How Do I Get my Students Over Their Alternative Conceptions (Misconceptions) for Learning?
Developing Responsible and Autonomous Learners: A Key to Motivating Students
Research has shown that motivation is related to whether or not students have opportunities to be autonomous and to make important academic choices
Autonomous Learners Module
Using Praise to Enhance Student Resilience and Learning Outcomes
Praise to Enhance Module
Improving Students' Relationships with Teachers to Provide Essential Supports for Learning
Improving Student-Teacher Relationships Module
Using Classroom Data to Give Systematic Feedback to Students to Improve Learning
Classroom Data Module