Educational Psychology: A Century of Contributions

Educational Psychology: A Century of Contributions

Educational Psychology: A Century of Contributions

Educational Psychology: A Century of Contributions

Synopsis

Educational Psychology: A Century of Contributions--the first comprehensive book-length treatment of this topic--looks at the historic contributions of 16 leading psychologists, as well as others, who influenced the field of educational psychology from its philosophical moorings in the late 19th century to its current scientific status at the dawn of the 21st. It presents information regarding these individuals' ideas and scientific discoveries, along with a sense of the historical context in which they lived. The book is divided into three sections that correspond to three eras in the history of the discipline: *the founding period (1880s to 1920); *the rise to prominence period (1920 to1960); and *the modern period (1960 to the present). Each section begins with an overview chapter describing the period in terms of key social, political, and historical events affecting educational theory, research, and practice. In addition, the overview chapters discuss major theoretical, methodological, and instructional contributions of the period and how they changed the course of educational psychology. The biographical chapters describe the scholar's major contribution in terms of theory, research, and practice and his or her legacy and impact. These descriptions portray these individuals as real human beings responding to historical events and social influences of their time in personal and collective ways that changed the nature and direction of the field. Educational Psychology: A Century of Contributions is a cohesive collection appropriate for graduate and advanced undergraduate students in educational psychology.

Excerpt

This edited book examines the emergence of the field of educational psychology from its philosophical moorings in the late 19th century to its current scientific status at the dawn of the 21st century. The history of the discipline will be discussed in terms of three eras: a founding period (1890 to 1920), a rise to prominence period (1920–1960), and a modern period (1960 to the present). Each period commences with an overview chapter describing it in terms of key social, political, and historical events affecting educational theory, research, and practice. In addition, the authors of overview chapters describe major theoretical, methodological, and instructional contributions of the period and how they changed the course of educational psychology.

To understand this history in more personal terms, we included biographical chapters of individuals who made seminal contributions to the discipline during each period. We want readers to know these pioneering scholars as real humans who responded to the challenges of their time in personal and collective ways that changed the course of educational psychology. These biographical chapters include a description of the scholar's life—including historical events, social influences, and his or her personal reactions. The authors also describe major psychological contributions of the scholar to the field of education in terms of theory, research, and practice. Finally, the authors provide a description of the scholar's impact and legacy. This biographical approach was designed to extend beyond traditional . . .

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