Academic journal article Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology

Educational Psychology: Teaching and Learning Perspectives

Academic journal article Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology

Educational Psychology: Teaching and Learning Perspectives

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Ramalingam, Panch. (2013). Educational Psychology: Teaching and Learning Perspectives' McGraw Hill Education (India) Pvt. Ltd, P.24, Green Park Extension, New Delhi - 110 016, pp. xxviii + 492, Price: Rs.395/-.

This is a welcome addition to the recent venture of publishing indigenous textbooks by different publishing houses. Keeping in mind the cultural specifications in the area of human psychological responses, indigenous textbooks like this one are truly a timely addition. The present edition is characterized by the incorporation of the Indian context, along with up to date western information. The book is suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and is in with the syllabi of different Universities.

The book is divided into 21 chapters arranged in a coherent order. Indeed, it gives a perspective to Educational Psychology by placing it within the discipline of Psychology as such. The first chapter illustrates the nature and history of Psychology in general, with special notes on Indian Psychology. The meaning, nature, scope and methods of Educational Psychology are presented in Chapter 2. A special feature of this chapter is that it contains information on the integral education, and Indian models of education. These two introductory chapters are followed by other chapters illustrating the biological and psychological elements of human growth and development, and individual differences. This serves as a solid basis of the chapters to follow: those on motivation, learning, memory, thinking, intelligence, creativity etc. the book also draws the developmental trajectories for cognitive, moral, emotional, social and personality development, thus lending an appreciable comprehensiveness to the information provided. Subsequently, the applied aspects of Educational Psychology are taken up: these include guidance and counseling, special education, mental health, classroom strategies, effective teaching and of course assessment. …

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