How can teachers identify and deal with barriers to learning in an insightful and systemic way? What sort of educational, contextual, social and developmental barriers face students in a developing society? Educational Psychology in social context: Ecosystemic applications in southern Africa is a tried-and-tested textbook which applies educational psychology - and, specifically, a unifying ecosystemic framework - to aid teachers and other educators to enhance the learning experience of students in a developing society. The book is relevant to both undergraduate and postgraduate study in either pre-service or in-service teacher education. It can be used for courses in educational psychology in programmes such as B.Ed., Bed (Hons) and PGCE and as a handbook for teachers in the fields. The 5th edition continues to build on the tradition of excellence that this book has established in the market. New to this edition, includes sections on bibliotherapy, positive psychology and a considerable extension of the current section on emotional difficulties.
Practical guidelines on how to accommodate different learning needs and styles in the classroom have been expanded, as in addition to behavioural challenges, this is a major challenge for teachers in our schools, particularly where they are taking inclusion seriously.
David Donald is professor emeritus of Educational Psychology, University of Cape Town. His qualifications include a teacher's diploma, Masters degrees in Psychology (University of Natal) and Educational Psychology (University of Exeter, UK), and a PhD in the field of cognition and reading development (University of Cape Town). He has published widely in the fields of education and psychology and has extensive experience of teaching, researching and applying educational psychology at all levels of education. Sandy Lazarus is a former professor of Educational Psychology, University of the Western Cape. Her qualifications include a teacher's diploma, a Master's degree in Psychology (University of Cape Town), and a PhD in the field of community psychology (University of Cape Town).
PART I OVERVIEW; PART II THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK; PART III DEVELOPING INCLUSIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS; PART IV CONTEXTUAL DISADVANTAGES IN EDUCATION; PART V SOCIAL PROBLEMS IN EDUCATION; PART VI DISABILITIES AND EMOTIONAL AND LEARNING DIFFICULTIES