Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology

What is Educational Psychology?

Writing in the encyclopedia of educational psychology, Dr. Neil Salkind defines educational psychology 'as the application of what we know about learning and motivation, development, and measurement and statistics to educational settings.' 

Drawing from a diverse range of disciplines including; school psychology, anthropology, public health, sociology, counselling, philosophy and history; Salkind also notes that when taught 'educational psychology is an ambitious course that undertakes the presentation of many different topics all tied together by the theme of how the individual can best function in an "educational" setting.'

In terms of applied theory, research and practice, areas of interest within educational psychology include:

  • Constructivism
  • Information Processing
  • Social Cognitive Theory
  • Human Learning
  • Metacognition
  • Working Memory
  • Self-Regulation
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Intelligence
  • Cultural and Neighborhood Effects
  • Peer Relations
  • Teaching Effectiveness

Great talk by educational psychologist Professor Peter Doolittle on the importance and limitations of "working memory."

Educational Psychology Career Advice

This section contains information links for anybody interested in becoming a psychologist in an educational setting, or anybody wanting to find out more about what educational psychologists do.

This information will relate predominately to the study and practice of educational psychology in the USA & UK; however, I hope to include related information from other countries in due course.

GO HERE to read a great American Psychological Association article featuring educational psychologist, Ellen Mandinach, PhD.

GO HERE for information on what it takes to become a psychologist working in an education setting.

CLICK HERE for detailed information from The British Psychological Society about: 

  • The Role of The Educational Psychologist.

  • How Much Educational Psychologists Get Paid.

  • Becoming An Educational Psychologist.

  • Obtaining Relevant Work Experience.

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