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Book Review: Case Studies – Applying Education Psychology
The book "Case Studies – Applying Education Psychology" is a noteworthy contribution for making teacher education; professional psychology; sensitivity trainings; and social work effective to provide vicarious experiences of various realities of schools, classrooms, teachers, educators, care-givers, practicing psychologists, counsellors and para-professionals.

The best thing about the book authored by Dinah L. Jackson and Jeanne Ellis Ormrod is that it presents case studies as learning tools by creating mental images about various situations in educational settings leading to learning the principles and practices of educational psychology.  This feature of the book, which provides opportunities for analysis of the case studies leading to learning, is application of learning process which starts with experience and is followed by analysis; finding the relevant; codification of essential and its justification on the principles and practices of educational psychology; and their internalization.

The book published by Prentice-Hall has 43 case studies divided into four main strands, namely, Child and Adolescent Development; Learning and Cognition; Classroom Management; and Instruction and Assessment. Some of the interesting titles of the case studies are 'Friends'; 'Cultural Shock'; 'Throwing Tantrums'; 'Distracting Influence';  'Star Charts'; 'The Stand-up Comic';  'Endangered Species', etc. Such titles are catchy and motivate to read the case descriptions.  The case studies end with three to seven questions to interpret the case story and learn from them by answering the questions.

The book that runs into 140-odd pages, the case stories run into two to three pages to keep the reading short and spent more time through analysis and culling out the principles and practices of education psychology. The book has been written after try-out with a set of students undergoing a professional course in education psychology, which makes is a relevant tool to take the students from reading to learning.

There are a very few, almost rare, books written in a style to make case studies as learning tools. The book is not only is teaching the content of educational psychology through the use and sharpening the analytical thinking skills but at times strengthened your problem-solving skills and seeking alternatives. The book can be a good for the students and educators working in the institutions of teacher training and higher studies in psychology as well allied subjects of instructional pedagogy, social pedagogy, clinical psychology; and special education.

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