Educational Psychology Review

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 121–148 | Cite as

Are Educational Psychology Courses Educationally and Psychologically Sound? What Textbooks and Teachers Say

  • Kenneth A. Kiewra
  • Patti S. Gubbels


Educational psychology courses should be the best taught courses on college campuses given that its instructors and textbook authors are resident experts in learning and teaching. More specifically, we contend that educational psychology courses should adhere to six principles. Educational psychology courses should: (a) be driven by teaching models, (b) integrate theory and practice, (c) provide opportunities to practice teaching skills, (d) present an integrated model for instructional planning, (e) prepare teachers to teach learning strategies, and (f) help students learn. We surveyed practicing teachers and analyzed current educational psychology texts and found that these principles are not upheld. We report on the principles, our findings, and how an educational psychology course that upholds these principles might be developed.

educational psychology teaching instructional planning learning strategies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth A. Kiewra
    • 1
  • Patti S. Gubbels
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Nebraska-LincolnLincoln

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