Psychology for Teaching Assistants Edition 2

November 2011
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    16th November 2011
  • ISBN 9781858564982
  • Language English
  • Pages 230 pp.
  • Size 6.25" x 9.25"
  • Images figures

Teaching assistants need to have a particular understanding of how children’s minds work and this book provides it. It outlines the psychology of human development, the psychology of learning and the psychology of institutions and groups.

Psychology for Teaching Assistants is an entirely revised edition of the book published in 2005, with a new chapter on preschool children by Anita Soni. It contextualizes the information in the current debates and practices of special education and inclusion, emphasizing multiple perspectives.

In the sections on development and learning, particular attention is devoted to
* attachment theory
* language development
* working with disaffected teenagers
* the emotional impact of loss, including discovering disability in a child
* the psychological effects of abuse
* cognitive curricula
* learning empowerment through independence

The section on institutions and groups looks particularly at
* processes in groups
* working in breakfast and after school clubs
* working in learning support units
* leadership models
* interpersonal communication
* violence, aggression and bullying
* emancipatory psychology.

Part 1: Introduction and Context
1) Introduction to Theories of Psychology
2) An Emancipatory Perspective

Part 2: The Psychology of Human Development
3) Child Development
4) Language Development
5) Social and emotional Development
6) The Psychological Impact of Child Abuse

Part 3: The Psychology of Learning
7) Models of Learning
8) Working in the Foundation Stage in Schools

Part 4: The Psychology of Groups and Institutions
9) Processes in Groups
10) Groups, Attitudes and Prejudice
11) The Psychology of Conflict and Aggression

Part 5: Trends and Future Developments
12) Expanding Horizons

Christopher Arnold

Dr. Christopher Arnold is an educational psychologist who has worked with vulnerable young people for more than thirty years.

Jane Yeomans

Jane Yeomans worked extensively as a teacher before becoming a Senior Practitioner Educational Psychologist. She trains teaching assistants.