The Psychology of Great Teaching

with Pedro De Bruyckere

About the Episode

Being a teacher is both a privilege and a responsibility. This week’s Pursuit of Learning podcast episode features Pedro De Bruyckere. He is an Educational Scientist at Arteveldehogeschool & Utrecht University and the author of the book ‘The Psychology of Great Teaching’. He joined us today to talk about what teachers should know about the psychology of teaching.

Throughout the conversation, we discuss replication, growth mindset & fixed mindset, Correlation & causation, nurturing nature, self-determination, cognitive load theory, typologies vs. dimensions, and more.

Topics Discussed

Replication [01:38]
Starting the conversation, Pedro defines replication in his book and how past experiments have failed to replicate.
Growth mindset [06.47]
Pedro dives into Carol Dweck's theory of growth mindset and the present idea about it.
Correlation and causation [13.21]
Pedro defines Correlation, causation, and Correlation caused by distorting factors.
Nature vs. nurture argument [17.09]
Pedro walks us through the nature versus nurture argument and explains the role environment plays in achieving good grades.
Nurturing nature [23.20]
Every child needs a little push to be good at something. Pedro dives into the importance of nurturing the nature of a child. Finding something that they are good at and helping them to expand it.
Self-determination [30.19]
Pedro defines the three elements of self-determination and what happens if a person themselves can't see their growth.
Cognitive load theory [34.47]
Pedro defines John Sweller's cognitive load theory and the importance of having prior knowledge of your environment.
Effective study methods [39.20]
Pedro shares the least and most effective study methods, according to a study in 2013.
Duolingo [47.39]
An American educational technology company that provides learning apps and language certification.
Typologies vs. dimensions [50.47]
Pedro explains the reason for not having much psychological evidence for typology and having more evidence supporting dimensions.
Development [57.57]
Pedro dives into the reason for having a bigger influence on nature when people get older.
Creativity [01.03.04]
Pedro shares some practices to foster creativity in people.
Errors in reasoning [01.12.14]
Making mistakes is inevitable for anyone. Pedro shares some elements people can use to avoid making common mistakes.


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