i-manager's Journal on Educational Psychology (JPSY)


Volume 1 Issue 4 February - April 2008

Article

The Use of Technology in Enhancing Social Skills of Seriously Emotionally Disturbed Children

Autumn Singer-Califano*
*Psychology Intern, Virginia Beach Ciiy Public Schools, Virgina.
Autumn Singer-Califano (2008). The Use of Technology in Enhancing Social Skills of Seriously Emotionally Disturbed Children. i-manager’s Journal on Educational Psychology, 1(4), 1-8. https://doi.org/10.26634/jpsy.1.4.399

Abstract

Over the past decade, a variety of social skills programs have been developed to help Social skills training programs are frequently used with students who are at risk for or who have emotional and behavioral disorders. These students often experience social skills deficiencies, antisocial behavior, and negative peer relationships. Because the media is an important factor in the socialization and interaction of students, there appears to be promise in using multimedia technology to provide students with social skills deficits social skills training. This training may include several modalities such as television, virtual reality, computers, and videos. Though these interventions primarily have been used with individuals with developmental disabilities, this article examines the potential of using such technology with students who are emotionally or behaviorally disturbed to assess, train, and rehabilitate social skills deficits.

Article

Neuropsychological definition of learning: Strategies for rewiring neural networks

Laura Barwegen*
*Assistant Professor and Secondary Education Coordinator, Deparlment of Education, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL. USA.
Laura Barwegen (2008). Neuropsychological definition of learning: Strategies for rewiring neural networks. i-manager’s Journal on Educational Psychology, 1(4), 9-15. https://doi.org/10.26634/jpsy.1.4.400

Abstract

For many years, most scientists believed that the physical structure of our brains, and by definition the people we had become, was set after the initial developmental period of early childhood and adolescence.  New research in the area of neurology and neuropsychology is revealing that our brain is a much more open system than ever thought possible, and that the physical structure of our brain can be changed through the experiences that we have throughout our lives.  This article highlights some of the current research which has led to these conclusions, explains how the neuropsychological research affects our views of learning, and provides some concrete recommendations for how we can intentionally pursue and affect long-term in our thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors.

Article

The Integrated Teacher: Able to Select the Best Approach for a Variety of Classroom Situations

Marsha Harman J* , Jerry Bruce J**, Thomas Kordinak S***
* Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology and Philosophy, Sam Houston Stale University.
** Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology and Philosophy, Sam Houston State University.
*** Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology and Philosophy, Sam Houston State University.
Marsha Harman J, Jerry Bruce A and Thomas Kordinak S (2008). The Integrated Teacher: Able to Select the Best Approach for a Variety of Classroom Situations. i-manager’s Journal on Educational Psychology, 1(4), 16-21. https://doi.org/10.26634/jpsy.1.4.401

Abstract

It is important as we look at the educational environment to understand that it is a complex system that calls for analyses at multiple levels.  One who enters from a single theoretical orientation is at a distinct disadvantage.  Particularly when unique students arrive with various emotional and behavioral difficulties, being restricted to a narrow behavioral position, a humanistic position, a cognitive/systems position or whatever position chosen, severely limits the possibility of positive outcomes.  The multiple levels of the situation include the behaviors displayed, the personality/characteristics of the children, the environment in which events are occurring, overall systemic functioning, and the personality/characteristics of the teacher.  As teachers of these multiple levels, who would we expect best able to effect a positive outcome in this classroom/ environment?  Over which of these multiple levels do we, as teachers, have the most control? Hopefully, we would expect the teachers and administrators to be better skilled than the students in effecting change.  This article explores the need for a variety of theoretical applications to effectively meet the demands of the diverse students and situations in public schools.  Specifically, the utility of humanistic applications, behavioral applications, and social learning/cognitive applications in the classroom are examined.

Article

Behavioral Objectives Revisited: Why Professionals Need to Use Them

Laverne Warner* , Sharon Lynch**
* Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education in ihe Language, Literacy & Special Populations, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.
** Professor, Department of Early Childhood Education in the Language, Literacy & Special Populations, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.
Laverne Warner and Sharon Lynch (2008). Behavioral Objectives Revisited: Why Professionals Need to Use Them. i-manager’s Journal on Educational Psychology, 1(4), 22-26. https://doi.org/10.26634/jpsy.1.4.403

Abstract

This article discusses why teachers, clinicians, consultants, and psychologists prepare behavioral objectives when they work with individuals and groups. The reasons include planning instruction and intervention to meet state standards and guidelines, evaluating the outcomes of instruction, data collection for research purposes, and reporting results to stakeholders. Additionally, the authors discuss the components of sound behavioral objectives for multiple purposes.

Article

Integrating Ethics in Teaching Social Studies:A Focus on the Students Values and Character Formation

Odette So G* , Carmencita Castolo L**
*Author, Faculty, Laboratory High School, Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
** Author-Consultant, Principal, Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
Odette So G and Carmencita Castolo L (2008). Integrating Ethics in Teaching Social Studies: A Focus on the Students Values and Character Formation. i-manager’s Journal on Educational Psychology, 1(4), 27-32. https://doi.org/10.26634/jpsy.1.4.404

Abstract

The article discusses about the importance of ethics, values and character integration in the teaching and learning process particularly on the part of the teacher.  In the teaching of Social Studies as a subject, the teacher has also the responsibility of imparting and implying values and ethics particularly in the secondary schools education.  In the paper, the experiences of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines Laboratory High School in teaching Social Studies, its curriculum and how ethics and values are integrated in the subject are discussed.

Research Paper

Teaching Against the Grain: Enacting Constructivist Beliefs Within Institutional Constraints

Midge Madden* , Sharon Lynch**
*Assistant Professor at Rowan University.
**Associate Professor ,Reading Department,Rowan University
Midge Madden and Sharon Lynch (2008). Teaching Against the Grain: Enacting Constructivist Beliefs Within Institutional Constraints. i-manager’s Journal on Educational Psychology, 1(4), 33-45. https://doi.org/10.26634/jpsy.1.4.416

Abstract

This study purports to document, analyze, and interpret the learning that occurred across two university literacy courses in which faculty implemented a constructivist, critical literacy pedagogy. Findings explore what it means to share power in the classroom and the relationships between critical teaching and developing a literacy theory of practice.

Research Paper

Impact Of Activity Oriented Health Education Among Youth

Singaravelu*
*Reader,Academic Staff College,Bharathiar University,Coimbatore ,Tamilnadu.
Singaravelu G (2008). Impact Of Activity Oriented Health Education Among Youth. i-manager’s Journal on Educational Psychology, 1(4), 46-55. https://doi.org/10.26634/jpsy.1.4.417

Abstract

The study enlightens the impact of Activity Oriented Learning in learning Health Education at primary level. Health Education was taught in various methods which were not fruitful to achieve expected level. Activity oriented method encouraged the young children to learn the health awareness quickly.The purpose of the research is to simplify the learning about Health Education in younger mind through activities. Experimental method was espoused for the study. Eighty students of standard V were selected for the study.  Forty students were taken as Experimental group another forty as Control group. Researcher self-made-Achievement test was used for the pretest and posttest. The validity and reliability were well established. Finding: The post-test scores of control group have a mean 50.80 and that of experimental group students have a mean 79.05. It shows that the performance of experimental group students is better than the performance of control group students and that the application of Activity Oriented Learning to the students of standard V is more effective than conventional method in enhancing their achievement in Health Education in science.

Practice Paper

Humanistic Psychology, Learning, and TeachingThe “Whole Person”

Jan Sinnott D*
*Professor of Psychology, Towson University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Jan Sinnott D (2008). Humanistic Psychology, Learning, and Teaching The “Whole Person”. i-manager’s Journal on Educational Psychology, 1(4), 56-64. https://doi.org/10.26634/jpsy.1.4.419

Abstract

Humanistic Psychology emphasizes five key principles: belief in the wholeness of human nature and experience; focus on free will and the individual power to create; realization that the human person lives "nested" in biology, culture and history; conscious intention is important to human development and action; and human life involves existential and spiritual questions.  The humanistic educational process treats the child or the adult learner in accord with these principles.  Some approaches for doing that are discussed in this paper.