This guide of educational psychology resources is designed for current and prospective students or those who are simply interested in learning more about the discipline. The guide provides a list of informative general resources, blogs, databases and journals, multimedia resources such as podcasts and social media resources such as Twitter handles. Associations, professional organizations and conferences are also included within this guide. The various links connect directly to the sites listed. Each resource is divided into the specified category with a brief description about the information provided.
Some of the general resources and associations can be applied to those studying psychology in general as they, at times, overlap the same useful information specific to educational psychology or school psychology as well. School or educational psychologists are trained and able to serve all age groups from infancy through college. Often their primary age group is school-aged children. The educational psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work. They must also successfully complete a master’s degree, training after their master’s degree and an internship. Most school psychologists upon completion of required criteria work in public or private school systems, clinics, hospitals, and/or universities. In addition, they may be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB) or the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
Educational psychology is best known as the study of human learning. It allows those in the field to understand individual difference between personality, intellect and behavior to name a few. Within this branch of psychology itself are multiple specialized areas such as special education, organizational learning and more. The study incorporates learning processes, both cognitive and affective. Major historical leaders within the discipline include John Locke, John Dewey and B.F. Skinner.
Educational psychologist exercise, on a regular basis, a wide range of skills including consultation, assessment and intervention. They can develop programs of prevention and intervention as well as serves as a resource for their perspective educational system. Their skills can be used to help intervene with children who may display behavioral, emotional, or academic difficulties or furthermore to help prevent the development of more serious issues.
1. National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB), The NSPCS was developed to create a nationally recognized standard for credentialing school psychologists.
2. The American Board of Professional Psychology, Established in 1947, The American Board of Professional Psychology is the primary organization for specialty board certification in psychology.
3. National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, The NCSPP website is intended to provide archival and current information about the education and training of professional psychologists and the scholar-practitioner model embraced by many of the graduate psychology programs in NCSPP.
1.Diary of a School Psychologist: This blog describes the working life of an average school psychologist to familiarize readers with this field.
2.Education Psychology, 2010: Education Psychology is a blog writtern by Dr. James Langholz’s to engage his students so they can share their ideas about teaching and learning.
3. Intelligent Insights on Intelligence Theories and Tests: This is one attempt to share contemporary research findings, insights, musings, and discussions regarding theories and applied measures of human intelligence.
4. Christine Eagan, School Psychologist: Christine Eagan’s blog focuses on cognitive-behavioral therapy, interventions with at-risk youth, neuropsychology and play therapy.
5. Notes from the School Psychologist: Dr. Branstetter specializes in psychoeducational assessment, and often talks about therapy,coaching with children, adolescents, and young adults on this blog.
6. School Psychologist Blog Files: Erin N. King, Ed.S., is the author of this blog and specializes in helping parents with special needs children.
7. School Psychology Blog: Deborah is a qualified educational psychologist working in Australia. This blog is filled with a variety of information related to the field.
8. School Psychology Blog with Dr. Gaston Weisz: School psychology, education, special education, parenting, child development, teaching practices and staff development are the topics of this informative blog.
9. TechPsych: This blog is for those individuals who are interested in using technology more effectively to support engaged learning, cognitive development, communication and other developmental skills.
Associations, Societies, Conferences and Organizations
1. American Psychology Association, The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA is the world’s largest association of psychologists, with more than 134,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.
2. American Psychology Association of Graduate Students, APAGS is the largest group of organized graduate psychology students worldwide. Founded in 1988, APAGS currently represents approximately one-third of all APA members, making it one of the largest constituency groups within the association.
3. The Society for General Psychology, Division 1: Society for General Psychology focuses on creating coherence among psychology’s diverse specialties by encouraging members to incorporate multiple perspectives from psychology’s sub-disciplines into their research, theory, and practice. Division membership includes subscriptions to its quarterly journal, Review of General Psychology, and the official division newsletter, The General Psychologist, published two to three times annually.
4. International Council of Psychologists, The ICP has a mission dedicated to world peace, promoting human rights and promoting collaboration among mental health professionals and social scientists, globally.
5. American Educational Research Association, The American Educational Research Association (AERA), is a national research society that seeks to advance knowledge about education, encourage scholarly inquiry, and promote the use of research to improve education and services to the public. The association hosts a virtual research learning and various fellowships for students.
6. Counsel for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, The mission of CACREP is to promote the professional competence of counseling and related practitioners through the development of preparation standards, the encouragement of excellence in program development and the accreditation of professional preparation programs.
Databases, Journals and Articles
1.Article: The 100-Year Journey of Educational Psychology by David C. Berliner, This article speaks to the foundations and origins of educational psychology and projects the future of the discipline.
2.PsycARTICLES is a database offering complete access to the full text of more than 90 landmark journals in behavioral science and related fields ranging from education, to nursing, to business, to neuroscience. http://www.apa.org/pubs/databases/psycarticles/index.aspx
3.Journal of Educational Psychology is a journal that has multiple volumes with various authors and experts discussing the educational psychology discipline.
4.PsycINFO/PsycBOOKS/PsycCritiques (EBSCO), These extensive resources may require a subscription or passcode, however they are the primary and comprehensive databases for all areas of psychology; roughly 2,500 journals,full-text scholarly books, and over 900 titles published by American Psychological Association. Includes citations & abstracts for articles, books, books chapters, conference papers, and selected dissertations.
5.ERIC “Education Resources Information Center” EBSCO, Provides full-text access to scholarly journal articles and documents including instructional materials, books, conference papers, research reports, and selected dissertations relating to all levels of education from preschool through higher education.
6.Contemporary Educational Psychology, This journal involves the application of psychological theory and science to educational processes. The text focuses on methodology.
7.American Educational Research Journal, published by the American Research Association, is a peer-reviewed journal that discusses among 5 other journals the discipline trends, scholarly articles and provides information for the latest information in leading research.
8.The Content of Educational Psychology, Amanda L. Nolen, This article gives an analysis of top ranked journals from the early 2000’s.
9. APA Newsletter, Division15, Educational Psychology, Division 15 is an internationally recognized distributing service that disseminates science of educational psychology to a broad audience. It is a part of the national APA.
10. Educational and Psychological Measurement, Educational and Psychological Measurement discusses multiple problems in the measurement of individual differences. Research is provided on the development and use of measurements and testing programs. New and improved methods or items for treating test data are shared in this journal. The journal also publishes statistics articles dealing with issues relevant to construct validity.
11. Journal of Experimental Education,, This journal publishes basic and applied research studies that use the range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies.The journal is divided into three sections: Learning, Instruction, and Cognition; Motivation and Social Processes; and Measurement, Statistics, and Research Design. The journal’s audience includes researchers and practitioners interested in advancing educational theory and research, and improving teaching and learning.
1. Dylan William @dylanwiliam, Teacher, researcher, writer, mostly interested in the power of education to transform lives and how to do it better.
2. David Timony @DrTimony, Educational Psychologist and associate professor at Deleware Valley College.
3. NASP @nasponline, National Association of School Psychologists official twitter handle.
4. School Psychology @EDU_Resources, Educational resources for teachers, school psychologists, principals, and parents.
5. APA Division @APADivision, The latest updates in research, expert analysis and commentary from some of the world’s top educational psychologists.The Division Services Office of the American Psychological Association serves the 54 APA divisions or interest areas.
6. Jeffrey Guterman PhD @JeffreyGuterman, Counselor, educator, and author.