Published article: Educational Theory for Childbirth Educators
Bonura, K.B. (2015). Educational Theory for Childbirth Educators: Applying Key Concepts of Educational Psychology within the Childbirth Education Classroom. International Journal of Childbirth Education, 30, 38 – 41. (http://www.icea.org/content/journal-archives)
Abstract: In this article, core concepts of teaching theory and educational psychology are reviewed to assist in childbirth educator development. In particular, foundational aspects of educational theory will be covered, including the role of social relationships as motivation in learning, the relationship between intelligence and learning styles, key competencies for educators, and basic principles of assessment. The article ends with instructions for writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement, which is a helpful exercise that allows the educator to clarify priorities for the classroom, to outline effective teaching strategies, and to highlight ongoing professional development goals.