An APA group has condensed the
scientific literature into an easy-to-use
resource for PreK– 12 teachers.
By Rebecca A. Clay
If you’re a teacher or preparing to be one and want to be sure you’re using evidence-based practices with your students, you could do a literature search and pore through
hundreds of studies for relevant information. But now you
don’t have to: A new report from APA does that work for you.
Top 20 Principles from Psychology for PreK– 12 Teaching and
Learning lays out the most useful psychological concepts for
elementary and secondary school educators (see sidebar) and
offers tips for putting them to use in the classroom.
“The whole idea is to take research from psychological
science and translate it for use by practitioners,” says Joan
Lucariello, PhD, the immediate past chair of an APA-supported
group called the Coalition for Psychology in Schools and
Education, which developed the report.
The report includes sections on how students think and
learn; what motives them; how social context, relationships
and emotional well-being affect learning; how to manage a
classroom and how to assess students’ progress. For each of
the principles, the report summarizes the scientific evidence,
explains how educators can apply that science and offers a list
of references for those who want to learn more.
The report is aimed at both teaching candidates and those
already teaching. Coaches, counselors, principals, other school
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