If you walk into almost any educational setting or institution, you will see a variety of activities taking place, ranging perhaps from an early intervention program for very young children to traditional classroom teaching, to reviewing students’ work via a distance learning activity, and more.
In the most general sense, the focus of educational psychology is the scientific basis of what occurs in these, and many other, settings. Educational psychology is a broad combination of the study of many disciplines, which together has the goal of better understanding the processes through which change takes place in such settings and how scientists, teachers, researchers and practitioners (and these categories are surely mutually inclusive of one another) can help facilitate that change.
As a discipline, educational psychology might have its origins in John Dewey’s presidential address to the American Psychological Association in 1899 where he expressed concern about the need for developing a science that links theory in areas such as learning, cognitive processes and human development and practical application of such work. He emphasized linking theory and practice – the essence of the educational psychologist’s universe.
With that in mind, this five-volume set of Sage Directions in Educational Psychology undertakes to familiarize the reader with important references from four areas of study including
• human development,
• curriculum, instruction and learning,
• motivation, and
• research design, measurement and statistics and evaluation.
Each of these topics contributes to a better understanding of what goes on when children and adults are participating in educational activities and in educational settings be it school, home or even work.
Within Sage Directions in Educational Psychology, each topic will be introduced and accompanied by a set of resources that are easily accessible through online library databases. These collections of articles are an overview of the important topics within each of the four areas and serve as an introduction to the critical issues that the field is facing.
These citations alone, cannot of course, cover the entire field of educational psychology but they provide an accurate overview of what the most important topics are and in many cases, who the people are who are involved in the efforts to better understand how the educational process works.
Section I: Human Development
Section I: Human Development (Continued)
Section II: Curriculum, Instruction and Learning
Section II: Curriculum, Instruction and Learning (Continued)
Section III: Motivation
Section III: Motivation (Continued)
Section IV: Research Design, Measurement and Statistics and Evaluation
Section IV: Research Design, Measurement and Statistics and Evaluation (Continued)
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