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Educational Psychology

  1. Gloria Miller1,
  2. Christine McCormick2,
  3. Staci Jordan3

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0294

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Miller, G., McCormick, C. and Jordan, S. 2010. Educational Psychology. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–4.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Denver

  2. 2

    University of Massachusetts Amherst

  3. 3

    University of Denver

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The discipline of educational psychology, broadly defined, focuses on the application of psychology to the understanding of learners and learning environments. From its inception, the field has reflected a unique interdisciplinary tapestry of interwoven textures and hues representing a balance of psychological theory with respect to learning and application for educational practice. Educational psychology has been defined as the branch of psychology concerned with “the development, evaluation, and application of theories and principles of human learning, teaching, and instruction, and theory-driven educational materials, programs, strategies, and techniques that can enhance lifelong educational activities and processes” (Wittrock & Farley, 1989).


  • assessment;
  • education;
  • individual differences;
  • instruction;
  • learning