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Online, Open-Access Textbooks


Educational psychology, 3rd (2011) edition,

by Kelvin Seifert and Rosemary Sutton. Athens, GA: The Global Textbook Project. 376 pages. Open-access and downloadable, in part or whole, as a PDF file. (Note: Since this is a PDF file that is rather long, it may take a couple of minutes to download!)
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The book is also available in the form of updated, short modules that can be downloaded free of charge. Go to Connexions, a repository of open-access educational materials kept at Rice University (in Houston, Texas, USA) and either browse the modules listed, or search the term educational psychology.

Also note: an earlier edition (2nd, 2009) is available at the personal home page of the first author, Kelvin Seifert.

Modules about Motivation Written for Students

These seven modules about aspects of motivation are intended for introductory educational psychology students, or for other preservice teachers. They were written by Lisa McNulty of St. Francis College, and are based in part on the online, open-access textbook called Educational Psychology, by Kelvin Seifert and Rosemary Sutton.

Motivation: An Introduction
Motivation: Behavioral Views
Motivation: Goals, Interests, and Attributions
Motivation: Self-Determination
Motivation: Self-efficacy
Motivational Challenges in the Classroom
Motivation: Key Terms with Definitions

- Seifert Seifert Mar 14, 2012, with thanks for Lisa McNulty.

Contemporary Educational Psychology.

This is a still earlier version of the book above (circa 2008), presented in wiki-style and therefore easily revised or edited to suit local priorities. Because it is an earlier draft, it is not fully polished; nonetheless it may be helpful to some instructors or students. It was drafted mainly by first author Kelvin Seifert, but with some material written by second author Rosemary Sutton. The content overlaps somewhat with Educational Psychology, 3rd (2011) edition, cited above.

- Seifert Seifert Apr 25, 2011

The Educational Psychology Adopter Community

A discussion forum focused on supporting open-access materials for teaching educational psychology--especially using the open-access textbook, "Educational Psychology" by Kelvin Seifert and Rosemary Sutton. More background information about this support group can be found here.

- Seifert Seifert May 12, 2011

Print-based Comprehensive Textbooks Available for Purchase

These books are available as "finished" products, and usually need to be purchased at relatively high prices (usually over US$100). Generally they can only be 'adapted' by opmitting chapters or sections, not by remixing or rewriting, as is possible with open-access materials without permission or special arrangements with the publisher. Most such books get revised every few years, so the list below is only partial, and not necessarily up to date. Most can be purchased either new from the publisher or from one of the large distributors (e.g. Amazon). Used, earlier editions are usually substantially similar to newer editions and can often be purchased from independent book sellers or distributors.

Eggen, Paul & Kauchak. (2006). Educational psychology: Windows on classrooms, 7th edition.

Ormrod, Jeanne. (2007). Educational psychology: Developing learners, 6th edition.

Santrock, John. (2009). Educational psychology.

Slavin, Robert. (2008). Educational psychology: Theory and practice, 9th edition.

Snowman, Jack, McCown, Rick, & Biehler, Robert. (2008). Psychology applied to teaching, 12th edition.

Sternberg, Robert & Williams, Wendy. (2009). Educational psychology, 2nd edition.

Woolfolk, Anita. (2006). Educational psychology, 11th edition.

- Seifert Seifert Jul 23, 2009

Shorter or More Specific Books about Ed Psych

These are not full-spectrum textbooks, but cover much of the territory of textbooks. They are usually a lot cheaper than full textbooks ($20-$40 US$).

Goodman, G. (Ed.). (2008). Educational psychology: An application of critical constructivism. New York: Peter Lang Publishers. (A "critical theory" approach to ed psych, so technical topics get reduced in favor of social issues. Not to be confused with the comprehensive "ed psych reader" also edited by Goodman, listed above.)

Goodman, Greg. (Ed.). (2010). The educational psychology reader: The art and science of how people learn. New York: Peter Lang. A comprehensive collection of articles about many topics related to educational psychology. Makes a good foundation for, or replacement of, other text(s) on this subject.

Kincheloe, J. (2005). Critical constructivism primer. New York: Peter Lang Publishers. (Critical-theory perspective on the very popular notion of constructivism in education. Perhaps a bit polemical-sounding at times, but also full of valid and useful points.)

Marlowe, B. & Canestrari, A. (Eds.). (2006). Educational psychology in context: Readings for future teachers. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (Reprints of famous psychologists' key articles, held together with bridging narratives and explanations from the editor/authors.)

Mackeracher, D. (2004/2010). Making sense of adult learning, 2nd edition. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. (A relatively brief [250 pages or so] discussion of how learning differs for adults compared to children and youth. As in many adult learning books, "learning" is construed rather broadly to include much about the social context. Some might consider this material sociological or philosophical, rather than psychological in the strictest sense.)

Merriam, S., Caffarella, R., & Baumgartner, L. (2006). Learning in adulthood: A comprehensive guide. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. (A much more encyclopedic [530 pages or so] summary of theories and philosophies about learning in adulthood. A broad, context-driven perspective, as with the book above.)

Phillips, D. C. & Soltis, J. (2009). Perspectives on learning, 5th edition. New York: Teachers College Press. (A bit dated, but the book focuses focuses heavily on basic concepts and theory, which doesn't get out of date nearly as fast as empirical research.)

Schön, D. (1983). The reflective practitioner: How professionals think in action. New York: Basic Books. (The classic about how and why professional practice in many different fields requires heavy doses of artistry and intuition, even in science-based fields, and not just technical-rational knowledge. Also available now in e-book format here: The reflective practitioner, e-book format.)

Schön, D. (1987). Educating the reflective practitioner. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.(A follow-up to the classic listed above. Compared to the original, this book contains more extensive examples formatted as case studies. Note that all of Schön's ideas and examples are based on professions that are "science-based," and those who borrow the ideas to inspire educators sometimes overlook this key assumption.)

Willingham, D. (2009). Why don't students like school? San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. (Based a lot on cognitive science perspectives and ideas, but also very applied and accessible in style.)


- Seifert Seifert Aug 11, 2010