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Educational Psychology Review

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 19-28

First online:

Old Advice for New Researchers

  • Richard E. MayerAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of California Email author 

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In this paper, I offer advice to new researchers on how to conduct a successful research project in educational psychology. I break the research task into three parts: creating a research question, creating a research methodology, and creating a dissemination plan. The criteria for creating a research question include personal interest, educational relevance, theoretical grounding, and empirical testability. The criteria for creating a research methodology include that the method provides relevant evidence, is feasible, and is as simple as possible. The criteria for creating a dissemination plan include basing your argument on research evidence, presenting your argument in coherent style that links your main findings with theoretical and practical implications, and seeking the best possible peer-reviewed publication venue.


Publishing Research methodology Research methods in education Professional development