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Projecting educational psychology’s future from its past and present: A trend analysis.

Murphy, P. K., Alexander, P. A., & Greene, J. A.
In K. Harris, S. Graham, & T. Urdan (Eds.). (2011). American Psychological Association educational psychology handbook (pp. 3-32). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

ISBN: 978-1-4338-0996-5

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It is our intention to draw on the extant literature in order to engage in a trend analysis—to plot the course that this discipline has taken since the late 1800s to the present day. We then use those emergent trends to predict educational psychology's future—to project the patterns of the past and present into the decade to come. In order to chart educational psychology's future course, we also consider powerful internal forces (e.g., community membership, the growing breadth and depth of educational psychology) and major external forces (e.g., policy initiatives, the integration of findings and methods from other disciplines) that have served to give educational psychology its shape across the preceding century. Finally, we look forward into educational psychology's next decade to ponder where we are heading and what that next phase or development may be.