21 Future Perspectives in Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology

  1. Gloria E. Miller PhD1,
  2. William M. Reynolds PhD2

Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118133880.hop207021

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Miller, G. E. and Reynolds, W. M. 2012. Future Perspectives in Educational Psychology. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 7:21.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Denver, Morgridge College of Education, Denver, CO, USA

  2. 2

    Humboldt State University, Department of Psychology, Arcata, CA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2012


Educational psychology is a thriving field of practice and research that has increased our understanding of personal and situational variables that impact learning and successful teaching and schooling practices. In the decade since the last edition of this handbook, the scope of work represented by educational psychology researchers has continued to expand, leading to many significant advances in theory, research, and practice. The purpose of this final chapter is to synthesize major areas of progress and to highlight how such work will continue to shape and improve education in the future. Seven thematic areas were identified that are likely to continue to impact theory and application and to influence and inform educational researchers, practitioners, and policy makers well into the future. In the final section, closing thoughts are presented regarding expectations for the field over the next decade when the third volume of this handbook is likely to be published.


  • theoretical integration;
  • learning;
  • assessment;
  • instruction;
  • educational reform