Psychology for Teaching Assistants

Paperback / softback, 216 pages, 244 mm x 170 mm
31 Oct 2011
Trentham Books Ltd

Price: £21.99

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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. This entirely revised edition of the 2005 book is based on the current debates and practices of special education and inclusion, emphasising 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

  • Christopher Arnold

  • Jane Yeomans

CONTENTS: Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction to theories; 2. An emancipatory perspective; 3. Child development; 4. Language development; 5. Social and emotional development; 6. The psychological impact of child abuse; 7. Models of learning; 8. Processes in groups; 9. Groups, attitudes and prejudice; 10. The psychology of conflict and aggression; 11. An international perspective; Index.

"I would recommend this very timely book for al resource collections in special needs departments in all schools."

, Journal of Education for Teaching

"...a must for all teaching assistants: it is not very often our professionalism and enthusiasm is recognised outside the classroom or school....anyone working with children will find this book a useful addition to their library."

, British Journal of Special Education