Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: May 31, 2012 | DOI: 10.4135/9781848607927 | Print ISBN: 9781412907804 | Online ISBN: 9781848607927| Publisher:SAGE Publications LtdAbout this handbook
Chapter 26: Educational Psychology
Andy Miller & Tom Billington & Victoria Lewis & Lisa DeSouza
Educational psychology Educational psychology covers a broad and disparate domain of knowledge and practice, with a blurred boundary into areas like social policy. In the main, academic research in the field has, from the beginnings of the discipline, been dominated by a preoccupation with measurement. It continues to be so and hence the vast majority of work published in the mainstream educational psychology journals was and is quantitative. Where qualitative work has begun to flourish is in applied areas, especially those that link with developmental psychology, issues such as bullying and more sociological concerns such as exclusion. This chapter begins, then, with a fairly brief overview of the rather limited contributions of qualitative research to mainstream research in educational psychology. This is followed by a short section looking in more detail at specific examples of these studies. The bulk of the chapter then turns to applied work. We begin with ...