Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Educational Psychology

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_325


Courses and programs in educational psychology populate universities worldwide. There are academic departments, international organizations, doctoral degrees, legion texts, and scores of academic journals devoted to the subject.


Educational psychology commonly is described as “a mediating discipline” or “conduit” between academic psychology and the field of education, through which relevant psychological theorizing and research are developed and applied to educational aims and contexts. On its face, such a description appears noncontroversial. However, that in which psychology, educational psychology, education, and their relationships consist is multifarious, complex, and has mutated overtime, susceptible to shifts in the history of ideas, social practices and the structure and function of institutions that implement and sustain them. These considerations complicate the task of defining educational psychology.


Apperception; child development; children;...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada