Faculty members in the Department of Educational Psychology are active researchers. Examples of the topics under investigation in each of the program areas are listed below.
The Learning Sciences program integrates the fields of educational psychology and instructional technology as the foundation for a comprehensive, multifaceted approach to the study of learning and instruction. Areas of research include factors that influence student motivation and engagement in learning; measurement of motivation; instructional design; scaffolding problem solving with technology; visual literacy; development of politico-moral attitudes and behaviors; the development of expertise; teacher professional development.
The goals of the Professional Counseling program are to facilitate student integration of counseling theory, research, and practice; to cultivate an understanding of the mutual influences of practice and science; and to foster the development and application of holistic counseling skills. A foundational value of the program is to foster understanding, critical thinking and ethical decision-making. Areas of research include counselor education, interpersonal and group processes, and treatment models and techniques based on traditional American Indian ideas and practices.
The Special Education program seeks to improve educational and community living outcomes for people with disabilities and their families through the development and dissemination of new knowledge, the provision of high-quality educational experiences related to personnel preparation, and a commitment to provide service and leadership to the field of education. Areas of research include comprehensive transition services with a focus on self-determination and post-secondary outcomes for students with disabilities and academic achievement of students with exceptionalities.