This textbook presents 30 cases drawn from three previous casebooks (Case Studies for Teacher Decision-Making, Professional Core Cases for Teacher Decision-Making, and Educational Psychology Cases for Teacher Decision-Making. Eleven of the 30 cases appeared in the first edition; 19 are new to the second edition. Contributed by practicing educators, the cases are based on actual teaching situations considered as either the "most difficult" or "most frequently recurring" that they had encountered. Six content areas are covered: introduction to educational psychology, child and adolescent development, cultural diversity, learning and instruction, motivation and classroom management, and assessment and evaluation. No subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Case material is presented mainly in dialogue format, and cases are left open-ended in order to provoke discussion, analysis, and decision making. Each case begins with a listing of psychological theories and sets of principles for analyzing and resolving the case, provides other relevant material such as students records and tests, and concludes with discussion questions. An appendix tells how to use cases in the classroom, and the contents briefly summarizes each case. For use in educational psychology courses. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.