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ERIC Number: EJ817745
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
The Fuel of Educational Psychology and the Fire of Action Research
Zambo, Debby
Teaching Educational Psychology, v2 n1 p1-12 Spr 2007
In 1912 William James proclaimed that psychology and pedagogy were unquestionably intertwined and equally important foundations of effective practice. Unfortunately, many students seeking degrees in education sometimes do not recognize the importance and applicability of educational psychology to pedagogy, especially if it is taught in a way that is removed from their perceived immediate needs. One practical way to help them recognize its significance is through the blending of educational psychology and action research. Action research is defined as a type of applied research that focuses on finding a solution to a local problem and, like educational psychology, it was developed to improve teaching and learning. Both educational psychology and action research are grounded in everyday classroom problems teachers face, based on data, and dedicated to improving classroom life. This article is a reflective piece that explains my use of educational psychology with pre-service teachers doing action research. It explains the action research cycle students complete and where and how the ideas within this cycle are fueled with theories from educational psychology. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
Teaching Educational Psychology Special Interest Group (TEP/SIG). Educational Foundations Department, Millersville University, P.O. Box 1002, 1 South George Street, Millersville, PA 17551. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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