ERIC Number: ED046900
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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Educational Psychology as a Discipline for Prospective Teachers.
Ausubel, David P.
This definition of the field of educational psychology includes 1) description of the relationship between psychology (concerned with the general aspects of learning) and educational psychology (concerned with classroom learning); 2) a discussion of the decline in knowledge and theorizing about school learning over the past half century, the effects of the retreat of educational psychologists from the classroom, and the status of educational psychology as an applied discipline; 3) a list of four critical prerequisites which must be met before educational psychology can emerge as a viable and flourishing discipline; 4) prediction of the emergence of four trends in the coming decade and description of the future shape of the discipline--an autonomous discipline with its own theory and methods, continuing to be influenced by the parent discipline of psychology. The major thesis is that educational psychology is that special branch of psychology concerned with the nature, conditions, outcomes, and evaluation of school learning and retention; as such, the subject matter of educational psychology consists primarily of the theory of meaningful learning and retention and the influence of all significant variables--cognitive, developmental, affective, motivational, personality, and social--on school learning outcomes. (JS)
Descriptors: Educational Psychology
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Note: Paper presented at annual meeting, AERA, New York, 1971