Unorthodox thoughts on the nature and mission of contemporary educational psychology

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    Two commonly held assumptions are questioned - that mental states and processes are to be studied in isolation, and that individuals' psychology can be studied out of social and cultural context. The view presented here is that of an educational psychology focusing on the study and design of complex and contextualized composites, making it analogous to architecture and aerospace science, fields that deal with composites and whose units of analysis reflect rather than reduce the complexity of the phenomena they study and design. Design and study of learning environments are argued to serve as the apex of the field's scholarly activities. Guttman's Small Space Analysis is offered as a useful tool for such activities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)397-417
    Number of pages21
    JournalEducational Psychology Review
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - 1996


    • Assumptions
    • Composites
    • Context
    • Design
    • Learning environment
    • Reduction
    • Research

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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