Most of the links on this page go to articles, chapters, and books relevant to students--i.e. they could be assigned to them as reading under the right conditions. It is an eclectic mix. At the bottom are readings meant for instructors of post-secondary students, including instructors of ed psych. Some materials are book-length and may be under copyright. In most cases therefore the full text is not posted, and links are provided instead.Books.JPG




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Readings for Students

The topics below each lead to at least a few readings about the topic. The selections were chosen because they work in a general introductory ed psych course, and (obviously) not because they are complete in themselves.

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General references on teaching and learning...


On Language and/or Cultural Diversity...


On Cognition and Thinking...


On Motivation...


On Human Development and Its Relationship to School...


On Assessment of Learning...


On Special Education...


Book-length Novels or Documentaries of Teaching...



Teaching Educational Psychology Journal

Selected archives of the journal Teaching Educational Psychology, published from about 1998-2012 by the Special Interest Group on Teaching Educational Psychology (TEP SIG).


Books and Articles for Instructors about Teaching College or University

Below are books and readings that offer helpful advice about teaching college or university students. Most are relevant to teaching ed psych in particular, but are not focused on ed psych exclusively.

Filene, Peter & Bain, Ken. (2005). The joy of teaching: A practical guide for new college instructors.

McKeachie, Wilbert & Svinicki, Marilla. (2005). McKeachie's teaching tips: Strategies, research, and theory for college and university teachers, 12th edition. (A classic--been around for decades. Wilbert McKeachie originally taught psychology at University of Michigan and supervised and supported the intro psych teaching assistants there. Since it's based in psych, not ed psych, there is relatively little consideration of "practical" issues about teaching per se.)

Nilson, L. (2007). Teaching at its best: A research-based resource for college instructors.

Fredericks, Anthony. (2007). The complete idiot's guide to teaching college. (A simplified guide--similar in spirit to the "Dummies" series of books.)

Cox, Rebecca. (2009). The college fear factor: How students and professors misunderstand one another. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. An ethnographic study of chronic sources of misunderstanding and conflict between students and profs. Nicely crafted, using rich interview data of individual students and instructors.

Nathan, Rebekah. (2005). My freshman year: What a professor learned by becoming a student. New York: Penguin Books. An anthropology prof registers as a freshman at her university, and lives in the college residence for a year. She learned a lot about students' real motivations!

Buskist, W. & Davis, S. (Eds.). (2006). Handbook of the teaching of psychology. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers. (Really about psych, not ed psych, but relevant to some extent nonetheless. Published by Division 2, "Teaching of Psychology," of the American Psychological Association.)

Seifert, Kelvin. (2010). Community and Communication among Instructors of Educational Psychology If you have ever wondered how you might communicate with other instructors of ed psych about how they teach ed psych, then you might want to read this article. It is not (unfortunately) an empirical study of instructors' practices, but it does articulate the challenges faced in trying to learn from and offer support to faculty at other institutions. It also offers suggestions for bridging the geographic distances separating us from each other

- Seifert Seifert May 11, 2010

Online Advice about Teaching College or University

There are a number of websites that offer helpful advice about teaching college, and that offer it free or at relatively low cost.Try the following:

About Grad School (This is the lead article at this site; be sure to follow some of the links at the bottom of the article!)

National Teaching & Learning Forum (A subscription newsletter about issues common to college teachers regardless of field of teaching. Subscription costs about as much as subscribing to magazine.)

- Seifert Seifert Aug 11, 2010