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Education Research Guide: EDUC 500 Advanced Educational Learning Theories


JFL Collection:

On the library web page:

  1. Hover over Collections
  2. Under Physical click on Books.
  3. On the Books page scroll down and click on JFL Library.

Physical books, E-books and video materials are found in the JFL catalog. Physical books can be borrowed through InterLibrary Loan. E-books and videos have links giving online access.


There are a number of E-book databases that give access to E-book titles in addition to those found in the JFL catalog. To find these:

  1. Hover over Collections on the library web page
  2. Under the term Electronic choose E-books.
  3. On the E-books page you have a number of choices for searching.

Article Databases

On the library web page:

  1. Hover over Collections
  2. Under Electronic choose Databases.

Specific databases can be found by the first letter of the title (A-Z) or by Subject.

General databases can be found under Featured Resources: "Top Databases" or "EBSCO Quick Search."

Databases most applicable to this class:
Education Research Complet
Definitive resource for education research including 1,500+ journals, full text for 750+ journals, 100+ books/monographs, and conference papers.
The world’s largest digital library of educational literature, including journal articles, books, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers, and other education-related materials.
Additional suggestions: (Education)
Proquest Education
Provides access to over 790 top educational publications, including more than 615 of the titles in full text
Taylor and Francis Online
Over 200 titles covering curriculum studies, early years education, education research, educational leadership and management, and more.
Teacher Reference Center
Additional suggestions: (Psychology)
Proquest Psychology Journals
This database provides abstracts and indexing for more than 640 titles. Coverage ranges from behavioral, clinical, cognitive, developmental, experimental, industrial and social psychology, along with personality, psychobiology and psychometrics.     
 Searches American Psychological Association resources such as PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, PsycCRITIQUES, and PsycEXTRA in a single search. Includes full-text peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in psychology and related disciplines.
Additional suggestions: (Religion)
Christian Periodical Index
Indexes 140 Christian magazines and journals, with strong emphasis on evangelical perspectives. Addresses a broad range of topics, including religion, science, literature, music, philosophy, history, nursing, and education. Covers mid-1970s to the present.
Atla Religion Database
An index of major religious and theology journals, essays, and book reviews. Covers Biblical studies, world religions, church history, and religious perspectives on social issues.
Additional suggestions: (General)
Academic Search Complete
Full text journal articles covering the social sciences, humanities, general science, multi-cultural studies, education, and much more. Updated on a daily basis.
Provides full text electronic access to back issues of over 1,000 core journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences
Emerald Insight
A full-text journal database in the broad discipline of management (includes Education).

Search Tips:

Sample Selections:

Below are sample book titles and articles that may be useful in addressing the Outcomes listed in your syllabus. Samples are presented in APA format. Suggested search terms are included with some topics.


List characteristics of good teaching to include biblical exhortations
and applications to instruction.


  • Suggested databases:
    • Christian Periodical Index
    • Education Research Complete
    • JFL Catalog
  • Suggested search terms:
    • “Characteristics of a good teacher”
    • Teaching or teacher and Characteristics
    • Effective teaching


Moore, D. (2014). Most common teacher characteristics related to intentionality in student spiritual formation. Journal of Research on Christian Education, 23(3), 255-270.

Benekos, P. J. (2016). How to be a good teacher: Passion, person, and pedagogy. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 27(2), 225-237.



Wilson, D. and Conyers, M. (2013). Five big ideas for effective teaching: connecting mind, brain, and education research to classroom practice. NewYork: Teachers College Press. 

Wilson, D. and Conyers, M. (2020). Five big ideas for effective teaching: Connecting mind, brain, and education research to classroom
 (Second ed.). Teachers College Press.

Vargas, J. S. (2020). Behavior analysis for effective teaching (Third ed.). Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.


Integrate a biblical, Christian worldview into every applicable segment of teaching to include character and its applications to instruction.

  • Suggested databases
    • Education Research Complete
    • Christian Periodical Index
  • Suggested search terms:
    • Character education
    • Moral education or development
    • Christian Worldview and Education
    • Teaching and Religious Aspects and Christianity


Jeynes, W. H. (2009). The relationship between biblical literacy, academic achievement, and school behavior among Christian- and public-school students. Journal of Research on Christian Education, 18(1), 36-55.

Rizzo, K., & Bajovic, M. (2016). Moral literacy through two lenses: Pre-service teachers' preparation for character education. International Journal of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education28(1), 131–138.

Rhea, R. (2011). Exploring spiritual formation in the Christian academy: The dialects of church, culture, and the larger integrative task. Journal of           Psychology and Theology, 39(1), 3-15. 



Mueller, W. (2006). Engaging the soul of youth culture: Bridging teen worldviews and Christian truth. IVP Books.

Frost, G. (2007).  Learning from the best: growing greatness in the Christian school. Christian Schools International: ACSI.


Barrows, D. (2014) Understanding the times: A causal/comparative study of the effectiveness of a Christian worldview curriculum in helping students develop a Christian worldview [Doctoral dissertation, Liberty University].


Explain how research in educational psychology is applied to teaching and give
examples of research findings that contribute to effective teaching
with an application of a biblical worldview.

  • Suggested databases:
    • Education Research Complete
  • Suggested search terms:
    • Educational psychology
    • Effective teaching
    • Teacher education


Krull, E., Koni, I., & Oras, K. (2013). Impact on student teachers' conception of learning and teaching from studying a course in educational psychology. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 41(2), 218-231. doi:10.1080/1359866X.2013.777026

Fendler, L. (2012). The Magic of psychology in teacher education. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 46(3), 332-351. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9752.2012.00865.x


Hardiman, M. (2003) Connecting brain research with effective teaching: the brain-targeted teaching model. Lanham, MD, Scarecrow Press.

Dallalfar, A., Kingston-Mann, E., Sieber, T., & Sieber, R. T. (Eds.). (2011). Transforming classroom culture: Inclusive pedagogical practices. Palgrave Macmillan.


Describe some key characteristics of socio-emotional development during middle
childhood and relate this information to theories of development.

  • Suggested databases:
    • JFL catalog
    • Education Research Journal
  • Suggested search terms:
    • Middle childhood
    • Emotional development


Guhn, M., Gadermann, A. M., Almas, A., Schonert-Reichl, K. A., & Hertzman, C. (2016). Associations of teacher-rated social, emotional, and cognitive development in kindergarten to self-reported wellbeing, peer relations, and academic test scores in middle childhood. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 35(2), 76-84.


Huston, A. C., & Ripke, M. N. (2006). Developmental contexts in middle childhood: Bridges to adolescence and adulthood. Cambridge University Press.

Blume, L. B., & Zembar, M. J. (2007). Middle childhood to middle adolescence: Development from ages 8 to 18. Pearson Merrill/Prentice Hall.


Trace the development of physical and meta-cognitive abilities of adolescents.

  • Suggested databases:
    • JFL catalog
    • Education Research Complete
    • ProQuest Psychology Journals
    • APA PsycNet
  • Suggested search terms:
    • Adolescence
    • Development
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Adolescence – Social Aspects


van der Stel, M., & Veenman, M. J. (2014). Metacognitive skills and intellectual ability of young adolescents: A longitudinal study from adevelopmental perspective. European Journal of Psychology of Education, 29(1), 117-137.

Joseph, N. (2006). Strategies for success: Teaching metacognitive skills to adolescent learners. New England Reading Association Journal,2(1), 33-39.


Dacey, J.S. (1997)Adolescent development. Madison, WI: Brown & Benchmnark.

Kloep, M., Hendry, L., Taylor, R., & Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2015). Development from adolescence to early adulthood : A dynamic systemic approach to transitions and transformations. Taylor & Francis Group.

Killen, M., & Coplan, R. J. (2011). Social development in childhood and adolescence: A contemporary reader. Wiley-Blackwell.


Discuss several impacts of culture on student learning.

  • Suggested databases:
    • JFL catalog
    • Education Research Complete
  • Suggested search terms:
    • Educational sociology
    • “Cultural influences on learning” and grade level of interest


Lai, C., Wang, Q., Li, X., and Hu, X. (2016). The influence of inpidual espoused cultural values on self-directed use of technology for languagelearning beyond the classroom. Computers in Human Behavior, 62(9), 676-688.

Ruff, N. S., & Fritz, R. L. (1994). Teaching culturally perse students. Vocational Education Journal, 69(1), 34.

Cousik, R. (2015). Cultural and functional diversity in the elementary classroom: Strategies for teachers. Journal for Multicultural Education, 9(2),           54-67.


Meyers, M. (1993). Teaching to diversity: Teaching and learning in the multi-ethnic classroom. Irwin Publishing.  


Evaluate the significance and limitations of behavioral learning theories in education.

  • Suggested databases:
    • JFL catalog
    • ebrary
    • Education Research Complete
    • JSTOR
  • Suggested search terms:
    • Behavioral learning theory


Fortner, V. (1989). How theory works out in behavior: Changes by ages. Church Teachers Sep 1989,


Vargas, J. S. (2013). Behavior analysis for effective teaching (2nd ed.).  Taylor and

Gonzalez-DeHass, A. R., & Willems, P. P. (2012). Theories in educational psychology: Concise guide to meaning and practice. Retrieved from

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