About Division 5
Division of Educational, Instructional and School Psychology
In this Division, our interest is the application of psychology in educational settings. We examine how and why humans learn and achieve and we seek to maximize the effectiveness and quality of educational interventions through the development of scientific models. This also encompasses related factors and processes such as motivation and engagement and the measurement and assessment of these. Educational, instructional and school psychology are scientific and evidence-based disciplines concerned with the development, evaluation, and application of principles and theories of human learning and achievement. As such, our discipline draws on knowledge across educational, medical, psychological, sociological and cognitive science fields.
Work by our Division members aims to help practitioners to make effective decisions about the best instructional strategies to meet the specific needs of their diverse learners. Researchers and practitioners in our field contribute to a wide variety of specialties, such as instructional and curriculum design, organizational learning, classroom management, psycho-educational counseling, educational interventions - all aimed at achieving a better understanding of students and their learning.
Our Division serves as a central and effective platform for educational practitioners, researchers and scholars from different backgrounds and cultures to communicate and exchange their ideas and experiences in various Educational, Instructional and School Psychology studies. It also encourages collaborations with researchers and practitioners in other Divisions of the Association – and beyond.