Educational Psychology, 15th edition

Published by Pearson (January 18, 2022) © 2023

  • Anita Woolfolk The Ohio State University
  • Ellen L. Usher University of Kentucky


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Apply educational psychology research to teaching

Educational Psychology uses clear language to explain educational psychology's role in the classroom. This practical resource includes guidelines, cases and tips from expert teachers. Theory and practice are examined together, showing how research on child development, cognitive science, learning, motivation, teaching and assessment can be used to solve the everyday problems of teaching.

The 15th Edition features expanded analysis of the brain and neuroscience; integrated coverage of social-emotional learning and trauma-informed teaching; and a bold approach to issues of identity, race and privilege.

Hallmark features of this title

Learn to connect educational psychology research to classroom practice

  • Point/Counterpoint sections in each chapter present two perspectives on a controversial topic in the field of education.
  • Guidelines appear throughout each chapter, providing concrete applications of theories or principles discussed. Guidelines: Family and Community Partnerships offer specific strategies for involving all families in their children's learning.
  • Reaching Every Student sections offer ideas for assessing, teaching and motivating all students in today's inclusive classrooms.
  • Lessons for Teachers are succinct and usable principles for teaching based on the research presented.
  • Stop and Think activities give students firsthand experience with the concept being discussed.

New and updated features of this title

Cutting-edge coverage examines trends in the field

  • UPDATED: Classroom diversity is addressed head-on throughout the text by exploring the issues of identity, race and privilege in teaching. Additional Put Yourself in Their Place features encourage readers to look inward and outward to develop empathy for diverse students and situations.
  • UPDATED: Coverage of the brain, neuroscience and implications for teaching is featured in Ch. 3 and throughout the text.
  • UPDATED: Impacts of technology and interactive learning environments on education include new teaching and learning approaches that emerged during COVID-19.
  • NEW: Social and emotional learning (SEL) and trauma-informed teaching sections are included in several chapters.
  • UPDATED: Teachers' Casebook sections present classroom scenarios at the start of each chapter and ask "What would you do?" New responses from expert teachers are included.

The LMS-Compatible Assessment Bank streamlines assignments and grading

  • NEW: Learning outcome quizzes and application exercises can be assigned from a packaged file. Questions give students feedback and model responses based on their answers.

Features of Pearson eText for the 15th Edition

Compelling media engages learners

  • Video Examples, including authentic classroom videos and interviews with experts in the field, expand on principles or concepts in each chapter, helping put the reading into context.
  • Podcasts provide direct links to relevant selections from Anita Talks About Teaching, a series of podcasts in which Dr. Woolfolk discusses how the chapters relate to the profession of teaching.


  1. Learning, Teaching, and Educational Psychology
  2. Who Are You? Who Are Your Students? Culture and Diversity


  1. Cognitive Development
  2. The Self, Social, and Moral Development
  3. Learner Differences and Learning Needs
  4. Language Development, Language Diversity, and Immigrant Education


  1. Behavioral Views of Learning
  2. Cognitive Views of Learning
  3. Complex Cognitive Processes
  4. Constructivism and Interactive Learning
  5. Social Cognitive Views of Learning and Motivation
  6. Motivation in Learning and Teaching


  1. Creating Supportive Learning Environments
  2. Teaching Every Student
  3. Classroom Assessment, Grading, and Standardized Testing

About our authors

Anita Woolfolk Hoy was born in Fort Worth, Texas, where her mother taught child development at TCU and her father was an early worker in the computer industry. She is a Texas Longhorn -- all her degrees are from the University of Texas, Austin, the last one a PhD. After graduating, she was a psychologist working with students in elementary and secondary schools in 15 counties of central Texas. She began her career in higher education as a professor of educational psychology at Rutgers University, and then moved to The Ohio State University in 1994. Today she is Professor Emerita at Ohio State. Anita's research focuses on motivation and cognition, specifically, students' and teachers' sense of efficacy and teachers' beliefs about education. For many years she was the editor of Theory Into Practice, a journal that brings the best ideas from research to practicing educators. She is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association, and has served as President of Division 15 (Educational Psychology) of APA and Vice-President for Division K (Teaching & Teacher Education) of AERA. Anita also has collaborated with Nancy Perry, University of British Columbia, to write the 2nd edition of Child Development (Pearson, 2015) and with her husband, Wayne Hoy, to complete the 5th edition of Instructional Leadership: A Research-Based Guide to Learning in Schools (Pearson, 2020).

Ellen L. Usher spent her early childhood in Roswell, Georgia, where she had diverse educational experiences that included attending a private nature-based school and public elementary and middle schools. She went to high school in rural South Carolina and urban Atlanta. A lifelong Francophile, she earned her Bachelor's in foreign language education and began her professional career teaching French to elementary school students in Atlanta Public Schools. Inspired by her own favorite former teachers, Ellen transitioned to teaching fifth and sixth grades while pursuing a master's degree in middle grades education from Oglethorpe University. After earning her PhD in Educational Studies from Emory University, Ellen began her career in higher education at the University of Kentucky in 2007, where she is director of the P20 Motivation and Learning Lab, an intergenerational, interdisciplinary team of researchers engaged in projects that explore human motivation in a variety of teaching and learning contexts. Ellen is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and past Chair of the Motivation in Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association.

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