The Routledge International Companion to Educational Psychology brings together expert practitioners, researchers, and teachers from five continents to produce a unique and global guide to the core topics in the field. Each chapter includes coverage of the key thinkers, topic areas, events, and ideas that have shaped the field, but also takes the reader beyond typical textbook material and into engagement with current issues, cutting-edge research and future directions in the field of educational psychology from an international perspective.

With over 30 chapters, the volume is divided into four themed sections: ‘An introduction to educational psychology’, ‘How children learn and develop’, ‘Issues concerning the assessment of children’ and ‘Identifying and meeting the needs of children with learning difficulties’. Covering the key issues and fundamental strands of educational psychology The Routledge International Companion to Educational Psychology aims to provide the reader with knowledge of:

  • educational psychology (history, child rights, and practice);
  • factors which influence children’s learning and development;
  • issues to do with assessment (a key aspect of educational psychology);
  • special educational needs (identification and how to meet their needs);
  • the key thinkers, events, and ideas that have shaped the field;
  • the core topics across educational psychology in an accessible manner;
  • cutting edge research including recent research evidence and theory;
  • future directions in the field of educational psychology;
  • educational psychology from an international perspective.

The book is conceived for both student and researcher use, and considers the implications for educational psychology practice in all sections. It will be highly beneficial for both students and lecturers on Education Studies and Psychology undergraduate courses, as well as combined undergraduate degrees .

part |40 pages

An introduction to educational psychology

chapter |9 pages

A History of Educational Psychology

ByMalcolm W. H. Hughes

chapter |9 pages

The Rights of the Child

ByMary Kellett

chapter |10 pages

Introduction to Educational Psychology Practice

ByTerri Passenger

chapter |10 pages

A Comparative Overview of Educational Psychology Across Continents

ByChristopher Boyle, Fraser Lauchlan

part |99 pages

How children learn and develop

chapter |10 pages

Theories of Teaching and Learning

ByJanet I. Vousden, Clare Wood, Andrew J. Holliman

chapter |10 pages

Effective Teaching Practices and Classroom Management

The role of ecological and inclusive understandings
ByOzlem Erten, Robert Savage, Maria Di Stasio

chapter |10 pages

Educational Dialogues

ByKaren Littleton

chapter |10 pages

Learning to Read Around the World

ByJuan Zhang, Catherine McBride-Chang

chapter |9 pages

Digital Technology as Enrichment of Young Children's Literacy Environment

ByMaria T. de Jong, Marian J. A. J. Verhallen

chapter |12 pages

The Development of Scientific Reasoning

ByChristine Howe

chapter |13 pages

Motivation to Learn

ByAndrew J. Martin

chapter |10 pages

Children's Relationships and the Family

ByCharlie Lewis, Dorothy Miell, Fleur-Michelle Coiffait

chapter |13 pages

Childhood Stress and its Impact on Learning and Academic Performance

ByMeena Hariharan, Sunyana Swain, Usha Chivukula

part |81 pages

Issues concerning the assessment of children

chapter |11 pages

Classroom Assessments

Informing teaching and supporting learning
BySpencer Salend

chapter |8 pages

Diagnostic Assessment

One of the effective ways of assessing learning
BySunday Obi, Marty Sapp

chapter |9 pages

Language Use and Assessment

ByNenagh Kemp

chapter |10 pages

Multicultural Education

The mismeasured but important phenomenon
ByFestus E. Obiakor

chapter |11 pages

Intelligence and Individual Differences

ByConstantine Ngara, Marion Porath

chapter |11 pages

New Frontiers in Education Neuroscience

ByJoanna A. Christodoulou, Patricia K. Saxler, Stephanie N. Del Tufo

chapter |9 pages

Labelling in Special Education

Where do the benefits lie?
ByChristopher Boyle

part |114 pages

Identifying and meeting the needs of children with learning difficulties

chapter |10 pages

Education and Disability

A space where we belong or is history repeating itself?
ByNancy Hansen

chapter |11 pages

Educational Psychology and the Development of Inclusive Education

ByKieron Sheehy

chapter |10 pages

Education of Children with Sensory Needs

Reducing barriers to learning for children with visual impairment
ByMike McLinden, Graeme Douglas

chapter |9 pages

Speech and Language Disorders

ByDavid Messer

chapter |10 pages

The Autism Spectrum

ByAlexandra Fortuna, Patricia Davis

chapter |11 pages

Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD)

The need to look beyond the problem
ByPaul Cooper

chapter |11 pages

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Characteristics, identification and treatment
ByRobert Reid, Brenton Prosser

chapter |10 pages


ByBrian Byrne, Stefan Samuelsson, Richard K. Olson

chapter |10 pages

Practical Implications of Research into Dyspraxia

ByJohn Everatt, Brigid C. McNeill

chapter |10 pages


Research and practice on identification and intervention across languages
ByJohn Everatt, Gad Elbeheri, Peter Brooks

chapter |10 pages

Meeting the Needs of Gifted Learners

ByMarion Porath