Educational Psychology

Tony Perez, Bradley W. Bergey, Ting Dai, Jennifer G. Cromley

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary


Educational psychology is an interdisciplinary field that uses psychological principles to understand and improve learning in and out of schools and across the lifespan, with a focus on typically developing learners. The field bridges basic and applied research, and most research considers a combination of cognitive (how people learn) and/or motivational (what energizes people to learn) variables. The field uses a range of research designs, from large‐scale international longitudinal questionnaire studies, to classroom experiments, laboratory studies, interviews, and mixed‐methods research. Clinical psychologists working with clients who present with learning or motivational difficulties at school might benefit from educational psychology findings in these areas. The entry concludes with some common theoretical constructs employed within both educational and clinical psychology, such as self‐efficacy and self‐determination theory.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology
EditorsRobin L. Cautin, Scott O. Lilienfeld
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
ISBN (Electronic)9781118625392
StatePublished - Jan 23 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • educational psychology
  • cognition
  • motivation


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