DPS001 Psychology for teachers

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
PhDr. Zdenka Stránská, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Petr Novotný, Ph.D.
Department of Educational Sciences - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Kateřina Zelená
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Fri 11. 10. 8:20–10:00 C33, 10:20–12:00 C33, Fri 25. 10. 8:20–10:00 C33, 10:20–12:00 C33, Fri 8. 11. 8:20–10:00 N41, 10:20–12:00 N41, Fri 22. 11. 8:20–10:00 C33, 10:20–12:00 C33
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Psychology for teachers: Course offers theoretical as well as practical knowledge, methods for effective teaching to students, extending their qualification as certified teachers on primary and secondary schools. Tips to solve various educational problems will be presented. The course aims to expand understanding of pupils and also to oneself, to improve communication skills a to support chances of healthy co-operation of pupils as well as their teachers. Among the most important psychological disciplines that directly help teachers to solve the complex educational situations include: general psychology, personality psychology, developmental psychology, educational psychology, social psychology, mental hygiene, psychopathology.
Learning outcomes
Upon succesful completion of the course Psychology for teachers I student will be able to:
- define the basic concepts of psychology
- clarify the basic characteristics and functions of psychic phenomena
- describe and explain the basic types of psychic phenomena (psychic processes, states and properties)
- use knowledge of psychological methods to improve knowledge of itself and of others (especially pupils and students)
- explain why and how people differ in their behaviors
- give some examples of factors that influence feelings, behavior and human activity
- compare the personality of the individual developmental stages of life (focusing on the younger school age, pubescence, adolescence and adulthood)
- compare different methods of learning and evaluate their effectiveness for his study having regard to his own psychological assumptions
- use knowledge about creativity to deliberate development of creative thinking pupils in teaching
- analyze the causes of school failure pupils and to propose educational measures for their elimination
  • 1. Psychology among sciences, psychology as a human science, psychological science disciplines - classification, subject. Psychology and its place in human life, psychology in education.
  • 2. Psychological methods for assessing and evaluating student's personality - observation, experiment, interview, inventory, anamnesis, results of activity analysis, psychological test, sociometry. Learning about student teacher. Pitfalls threatening accuracy and objectivity of assessment and evaluation of student teacher.
  • 3. Basic concepts of psychology – mind, consciousness, unconsciousness, experience, behavior, psychic processes, psychic states, psychic properties, personality etc. Basic characteristics and functions of psychic phenomena. Classification and characteristics of psychic phenomena and the possibility of their formation and development of teacher.
  • 4. Personality - concept and structure.
  • 5. The concept and nature of psychological development; phylogenesis and psychic ontogenesis; regularities of mental development; determinants of mental development (biological, determinants of external environment, education, self-education).
  • 6. Characteristics of the developmental stages - prenatal stage, neonatal stage, infant stage, toddler stage, preschool age, younger school age, pubescence, adolescence, adult age (younger adult, middle adult, older adult), old age.
  • 7. Learning - definition, phases of the learning process, learning curve, classification of types of learning - conditioning, operant learning, instrumental learning, sensorimotor learning, verbal learning, conceptual learning, problem-solving. Learning factors (learner, situation in which learning takes place, learning material, teacher). Learning methods (partial learning method, overall learning method, combined learning method; PQRST, suggestopedy etc.). Recommendations for pupils and students how to learn. Prerequisites of successful study. Study failures and their solutions. Learning styles - definition, typology, diagnostics and influence learning style. Self-regulated learning. Laws of learning: motivation, feedback, repeating, transfer.
  • 8. Creativity and its development in teaching. Creativity - definition, factors creativity, development of creativity, stages of the creative process, levels of creativity, factors and conditions of intentional development of creative thinking pupils, creative pupil status in the class team. Gifted children - learning and developing their personalities.
  • 9. School failure - in the narrower and wider sense, causes of failure (pupil personality, teacher personality, school, pupil family), psychological characteristics of unsuccessful pupils - typical and atypical unsuccessful pupil, psychological aspects of the elimination of school failure.
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Teaching methods
consultation (16 hours a semester), self-study
Assessment methods
credit (written test - usually 20 questions rated 20 points, for succesfully managing to be achieved at least 14 points - 70 %)
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: blokově.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2003, Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018.
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