Resources for Teaching Educational Psychology
Assembled and Edited by Kelvin Seifert
On this page I have assembled links to materials that assist in teaching educational psychology to preservice teachers.

An Online, Open-Source Textbook:

Seifert, K. & Sutton, R. (2009). Educational Psychology. University of Georgia: Global Textbook Project. 377 pages. This is a complete textbook about educational psychology intended for preservice teachers. It can be downloaded free, in full text, as a PDF file.

Websites about Teaching Areas Related to Educational Psychology This is a wiki-based website that compiles materials useful for teaching introductory educational psychology to future teachers. The manager is me, Kelvin Seifert.

The following websites are not about educational psychology per se, but some of their materials are relevant to teaching this subject at an introductory level:

Teaching Introductory Psychology: This site uses wiki technology, so you can add materials if you have some. (First, though, you must login—it’s free and safe.) If you have questions, contact Amy Sweetman.

Teaching Personality Psychology: This site also uses wiki technology, so you can add materials if you have some. If you have questions, contact Marianne Miserandino.

Teaching Social Psychology: This site uses more conventional HTML format for posting materials, which must therefore be sent to the website owner for posting. If you have materials to contribute, contact its owner, Jonathan Mueller.

An Educational Psychology Textbook Written by Bachelor of Education Students:

Educational_psychology An online textbook about educational psychology written by Bachelor of Education students for a course called "Psychology of Learning." The link leads to two editions of the book--one written in 2007-2008 and the other in 2008-2009.

A Blog about Open-Source Publishing in Educational Psychology:

Teaching Educational Psychology Open-Source A small blog about issues fundamental to the creation, marketing, and use of textbooks in education.

Two Recent Course Syllabi:

Psychology of Learning (EDUA 1800) After teaching this course more than 75 times since 1974, I have finally put an example of its course outline online. This is the course where students created their own student-written textbook, as noted above.

Lifelong Learning (EDUA 7404) A graduate course that is part of the M.Ed. in adult and post-secondary education. It is a new direction for me, and one that I especially enjoy.

Recent Articles:

Several articles related in one way or another to teaching educational psychology. All have been published in other forms elsewhere.

Students' Content Priorities as Authors of Their Own Text about Educational Psychology (Topic: What if students wrote their own text about ed psych instead of buying a commercial textbook? This paper is a description of the first two years of a multi-year project to explore this question, and a discussion of its success and significance.)

Cognitive development and the education of young children. (Topic: A selective review of research cognitive development as it relates to the needs and priorities of early childhood teachers. Written from a perspective that is a mixture of activity theory, social constructivism, and Vygotskian ideas.)

How can we be ourselves when teaching? (Topic: The difficulties of feeling identified with early childhood teaching, compared to others identifying us as early childhood teachers.)

How Helpful Are Cohorts in Teacher Education? (Topic: Assessments by education students of the merits and problems of organizing preservice teacher education around cohorts.)

Teaching Ambiguity and Its Limits in Educational Psychology. (Topic: The "evocative" value of using stories and other narratives in ed psych, versus sticking to expository prose.)

Sociable Thinking:Cognitive Development in Early Childhood Education (Topic: In recent times, all cognitive theories, and not just Vygotskian or social-constructivist ones, have become socially based to some extent. This is a good thing for early childhood education.)

Is There a "Best" Wait Time? (Topic: Describes a simple strategy for students taking educational psychology to use the Internet to explore the concept of "wait time.")

Nursery and Preschool Education (Topic: A review of the history, nature and purposes of nursery schools and preschools--written, believe it or not, in just 1500 words. The article is in press for A. Sroufe (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Human Development.)

School and Development (Topic: A review of the nature of schooling and how major school issues affect, and are affected by, human development. 1500 words. This article also is in press for A. Sroufe (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Human Development.)

Peer Cohorts in Teacher Education: A Missed Opportunity for Educational Psychology (Topic: An examination of how educational psychology as a field can assist students to understand peer relationships in preservice teacher education.)

Cognitive Development and Early Childhood Education (Topic: A review of recent research about cognitive development in young children as it relates to the practice of early childhood education programs. I highlight the relationship of children's social behavior to their cognitive skill development.)

Contact the editor of this page:

email: "Kelvin Seifert" <>

You are person # to access this web page.