Educational Psychology

« Return


1. Apprehend the concept of educational psychology and its fields of application.

2. Understand conceptual frameworks regarding learning, motivation, educational and vocational guidance, communication and interpersonal relationships.

3. Develop critical thinking about the application of psychological processes in educational contexts in order to develop skills, attitudes and practices that may help intervention in such contexts.

4. Understand that educational intervention must be based in scientific knowledge.

5. Value observation, research, analysis, thinking and action in educational reality, from a psychological point of view.


I. Introduction and principles

1. The emergence of Educational Psychology.

2. Main research topics in Educational Psychology.

II. Educational interveners.

1. Students: the process personal and interpersonal development.

2. Peers.

3. Family: educational styles and their implications.

4. Teachers and teacher behavior: intellectual and socio-cognitive variables.

5. Educational psychologists: scientific, technical and interpersonal skills.

III. Learning

1. The concept of learning.

2. Learning and memory.

3. Learning and motivation.

4. Learning and creativity.

5. Learning strategies.

IV. Vocational guidance in education.

1. Theories and models.

2. Vocational guidance in childhood, adolescence and adulthood.

3. Psychological counseling in schools.

V. Communication and behavior management.

1. The importance of communication in education.

2. Indiscipline, disruption and bullying.

Teaching Methodologies

This course is organized in lectures (30h) and theoretical-practical classes (30h), combining teacher-centered methodologies, based in dialogue and display, with student-centered methodologies, based in research (conducted in or outside the classroom), group discussion and peer work.


Arends, R. (2008) Aprender a ensinar. Lisboa: McGraw-Hill de Portugal

Caldeira, S. N. & Veiga, F. (2011) Intervir em situações de indisciplina, violência e conflito. Lisboa: Fim de Século

Caldeira, S.N. (2007) (Des)Ordem na escola. Mitos e realidades. Coimbra: Quarteto

Caldeira, S.N., & Rego, I. E. (2007) Episódios de vida na escola. Coimbra: Quarteto

Caldeira, S.N., & Rego, I. E. (2007) Objectos voadores e outras histórias de indisciplina. Coimbra: Quarteto

Miranda, G. & Bahia, S. (2005) Psicologia da Educação. Temas de desenvolvimento, aprendizagem e ensino. Lisboa: Relógio D’Água

Ormond, J. E. (2008) Educational psychology. Developing learners. NJ: Pearson

Santrock, J. W. (2008) Educational Psychology: NY: McGraw Hill

Slavin, R. (2006) Educational Psychology. Theory and Practice. NJ: Pearson

Taveira M. C. (2005) Psicologia Escolar. Uma proposta científico-pedagógica. Coimbra: Quarteto

Woolfolk, A., Malcolm, H., & Wlakup, V. (2008) Psychology in education. Harlow: Pearson



ECTS Credits



  • Teóricas - 30 hours
  • Teórico-Práticas - 30 hours

Evaluation Methodology

  • Frequency: 70%
  • Presentation and a written paper done in pairs or groups of three students: 30%