Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology

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About the Author

Neil J. Salkind received his PhD in human development from the University of Maryland, and after teaching for 35 years at the University of Kansas, he was Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology and Research in Education, where he collaborated with colleagues and work with students. His early interests were in the area of children's cognitive development, and after research in the areas of cognitive style and (what was then known as) hyperactivity, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina's Bush Center for Child and Family Policy. His work then changed direction to focus on child and family policy, specifically the impact of alternative forms of public support on various child and family outcomes. He delivered more than 150 professional papers and presentations; written more than 100 trade and textbooks; and is the author of Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics (SAGE), Theories of Human Development (SAGE), and Exploring Research (Prentice Hall). He has edited several encyclopedias, including the Encyclopedia of Human Development, the Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics, and the Encyclopedia of Research Design. He was editor of Child Development Abstracts and Bibliography for 13 years. He lived in Lawrence, Kansas, where he liked to read, swim with the River City Sharks, work as the proprietor and sole employee of big boy press, bake brownies (see www.statisticsforpeople.com for the recipe), and poke around old Volvos and old houses.


"Editor Salkind (psychology & research in education, Univ. of Kansas; Introduction to Theories of Human Development) here synthesizes expert-written contributions centering on the complex field of educational psychology and drawing on a range of disciplines: anthropology, psychology, sociology, education, public health, counseling, history, and philosophy. Advancing Salkind's seminal three-volume Encyclopedia of Human Development (Sage, 2005) and broader in scope than Barry J. Zimmerman and Dale H. Schunk's Educational Psychology: A Century of Contributions (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2002), which reads like a who's who in the field, this two-volume set succeeds in its stated aim of opening up the discipline of educational psychology to a wide general audience. The 275 topically organized entries and a reader's guide comprising 19 key themes (e.g., classroom achievement, language development, research methods and statistics) combine with See also references, further readings, and an extensive index to create a framework from which to educate and elucidate fundamental information on this important topic. BOTTOM LINE This comprehensive, informative, cross-disciplinary, and authoritative encyclopedia supports a holistic approach to preschool to adult education and would make a welcome addition to any undergraduate collection."
Library Journal-- (05/15/2008)

"SAGE Reference has carved a niche for itself by identifying new areas of professional or academic endeavor and producing well-written guides that help to define the fields for students or new professionals. Typically, these encyclopedias introduce the concepts and issues essential to the developing field of learning. Experts explore and explain both theory and practice. The history of the discipline and the development of professional standards also are surveyed. Biographical entries highlight the work of key contributors to that process. Other entries focus on the training necessary for professional participation and the specialties possible within the field. In this case, SAGE has applied its well-tested method to educational psychology. On some levels, educational psychology has been around for years, as both a career path and field of study. For decades academic and career counselors have guided students in making choices about their future. Researchers of language, learning and cognitive development have long studied peer influences, memory, creativity and other factors in relation to school children. Recently, this disparate areas of activity are increasingly viewed both as intergrally related and as an important specialty within the field of education. Many related areas of research involve this nexus of education and psychology. Individual academic achievement, classroom management, gender differences in learning, intelligence, social development, as well as testing and measurement all fall within the scope of this encyclopedia. Public polices have also impacted the role of psychology with a host of mandated educational directives on everything from standardized testing to drug prevention and sex education. Professional standards are addressed in discussions of national organizations, research methods and reaching. Such social factors as family, ethnicity and culture are all explored. From applied behavior analysis to vicarious reinforcement, overviews of theories outline concepts basic to the field of educational psychology. Each of the 275 scholarly articles give sample suggestions for further research. All told, the set provides a useful instruction to a bourgeoning area of study and is highly recommended for academic libraries."

--John R. M. Lawrence

--John R.M. Lawrence"Lawerence Looks at Books" (04/01/2009)