SZ6039 Educational Psychology (Exercise)

Faculty of Education
Autumn 2024
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
Mgr. et Mgr. Jan Mareš, Ph.D. (lecturer)
PhDr. Josef Lukas, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Evžen Řehulka, CSc. (lecturer)
Mgr. Petr Davídek (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Monika Kolářová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Vladimír Matoušek (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Veronika Ondráčková Dacerová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Adéla Švestková (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Bc. Markéta Vejmělková (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Hana Vidlák Kanisová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Tereza Škubalová, Ph.D. (assistant)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Evžen Řehulka, CSc.
Department of Psychology – Faculty of Education
Supplier department: Department of Psychology – Faculty of Education
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! NOWANY ( SZ6639 Educational Psychology )
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The course is a follow up of bachelor’s study courses (Introduction to education and psychology; Developmental psychology; Social psychology; Educational-psychological diagnostics I.). It focuses on developing so called psychological proficiency of the students. It further deepens and theoretically anchors knowledge and experience of students gained during teaching practice and field-specific methodology courses. The course is based on current findings in psychological and educational research of formal and informal teaching situations. It provides opportunities to students to develop key professional skills of teachers such as self-reflection and assessment techniques. The structure of the course topics is based on an international comparison of Czech and foreign scholarship and theoretical paradigms.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, the student will be able to:
- understand and use the basic terminology and concepts of educational and school psychology ;
- apply gained theoretical knowledge thorough understanding (description, analyses, interpretation and evaluation) of teaching situations ;
- reflect on and characterize educational school environment (of the school of student’s own teaching practice) in psychological terms ;
- describe and explain and present a case study of individually-specific learning processes ;
- based on psychological report, present in own words the results of a psychological examination and principles of work with the pupil (including context of legislation – methodological recommendations) ;
- reflect on typical teaching situations from the point of view of chosen theories of educational psychology ; - produce a case study with the help of a relevant (Czech and international) literature review ;
- design an example of a learning task and formulate differentiated instruction (cognitive difficulty) considering individual needs of the pupil.
  • 1. The way educational psychology is useful for teachers. Teaching profession, its changes in time and pre-gradual teacher training. Joys and sorrows of the teaching profession. Appeals and changes in history.
  • The aim of the lecture and the follow-up seminar is to link up previous courses to developing psychological literacy, to identify the difference between personal experience of a pupil and a student, to provide an overview of relevant sources and to offer individualized perspective of educational psychology, taking in consideration ones professional development stage.
  • 2. The process of learning. The process of learning and the teacher. Chosen theories of learning.
  • The aim of the lecture is to connect the previous practical experience with individual teaching, the current psychological approaches of examining the process of learning and their application in their own learning and teaching practice.
  • 3. The relationship between learning, development and upbringing. Somatic, cognitive, social and moral development of pupils A critical reflection of a “typical pupil”.
  • The aim of the lecture is to connect the gained theoretical knowledge and practical experience to individual teaching, own experience with current psychological approaches, respecting individual development of pupils.
  • 4. Personality and individual specificity of contemporary pupils. Cognitive styles and learning styles. Multiple intelligence theory Differences in attitudes and individualities aiming at inclusion. Talent. The question of gender in teaching. “The innate” and “the learned” from contemporary point of view. Social reproduction, cultural stereotypes and expectations. Working with diversity in teaching.
  • The aim of the lecture and the follow-up seminar is to introduce current topics connected to pupil diversity and good practice examples.
  • 5. The teacher in teaching practice. Reflexive practice. Self-monitoring. Teaching styles of a teacher. Psycho-hygiene of a teacher.
  • The aim of the lecture and the follow-up seminar is to anchor students’ experience of a reflexive teacher in psychological theory and to show advantages of reflexive practice through particular training methods.
  • 6. Pupil motivation. Relationship between the teacher and pupils as a dynamic phenomenon.
  • The aim of the lecture is to introduce current approaches to pupil motivation and current approaches to work with the position power of the teacher.
  • 7. Psychology of teaching. Lesson planning, teaching goals and students specifics. Psychological aspects of using ICT in teaching.
  • The aim of the lecture and the follow-up seminar is to broaden knowledge gained in previous lectures and to present examples of evidence based approaches of good teaching practice from its planning to its realization in certain conditions.
  • 8. Psycho-social school/classroom climate and classroom management.
  • The aim of the lecture and the follow-up seminar is to introduce a frequented and interdisciplinary topic in psychological context and present a certain assessment tools. Students will also be trained in using the tools. 9. Assessment. Achievement and failure.
  • The aim of the lecture is to introduce the issue of assessment (at different levels) as an inseparable part of teaching process as well as a psychological phenomenon with consequences for pupil self-concept, motivation, academic aspirations and relationship to the teacher or parents.
  • 10. Psychology of upbringing. Family and school. Communication with parents and its specifics. Communication with supporting professions members.
  • The aim of the lecture and the follow-up seminar is to introduce the issue of parent approaches, expectations and relationships with the pupil and the educational institution- not as a problem, but rather as an opportunity.
  • 11. Planning and evaluation of interventions from educational-psychologic point of view.
  • The aim of the lecture and the follow-up seminar is to demonstrate benefits of collecting focus information (incl. diagnostics), intervention planning and result evaluation for development of the pupil, the teacher and the school.
  • 12. Psychological research and teaching practice of the teacher. The aim of the lecture is to introduce advantages of a teacher becoming an active participant of research activities as well as a satisfied submitter and user of the results of educational-psychological action research.
    required literature
  • MAREŠ, Jiří. Pedagogická psychologie. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2013, 702 s. ISBN 9788026201748. info
  • Seifert, K., & Sutton, R. (2011). Educational psychology. Athens: The Global Textbook Project.
  • FISHER, Robert. Učíme děti myslet a učit se : praktický průvodce strategiemi vyučování. Translated by Karel Balcar. Vydání třetí. Praha: Portál, 2011, 172 stran. ISBN 9788026200437. info
    recommended literature
  • SANTROCK, John W. Educational psychology. Fifth edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2011, xxxviii, 6. ISBN 9780071314961. info
  • STERNBERG, Robert J. and Wendy M. WILLIAMS. Educational psychology. Second edition. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Merrill, 2010, xxiv, 615. ISBN 9780205626076. info
Teaching methods
Expected teaching activities and teaching methods used in seminar: Group discussion, problem solving, casuistic solving, and self-study of professional literature, elaboration and presentation of theses from professional literature reading, accomplishing tasks, making a poster. Learning outcomes: the student can analyse, critically reflect on and use at work professional text as a scaffolding for his/her own reasoning, the student can systematically and with understanding uses terminology in model situations.
Assessment methods
The course is completed by a written examination, at least 15 points are required to sucessfully pass the test. The final grade is affected by points gained during the term. Points are given for the following activities: - final exam (min 15 points - max. 25 points)
- anotation in IS before the deadline (5 points)
- Preparation and presentation of a poster in class (20 points)
Language of instruction
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022, Autumn 2023.
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