The other day I was talking with several of my former colleagues from grad school and other faculty fellows, about the weakening of Educational Psychology as a field of study and teaching.
The number of Educational Psychology programs at the universities is decreasing, and I am talking here about Ed Psy named programs.
Also the number of Educational Psychology named courses that we teach is decreasing and more faculty from other domains (such as C&I, Teacher education, Early childhood, etc.) teach our Ed Psy courses.
Even if we teach topics from Educational Psychology, the courses have many diverse names such as:
- Learning in the Schools
- Middle School Learner
- Learning and Cognition
- Learning and Development in Schools
- Human Development and Learning
- Education and Human Development
I would be interested to find out what are other TEP SIG members perspective on the questions.
Is our Ed Psy field a dying field?
Do the names used for Ed Psy courses allow other fields to take over and that is why lesser need for Ed Psy faculty?
Is there a real need (in the first place) for Educational Psychology?