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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 233–234. Reviews the book, Educational Psychology. 3rd ed by Lee J. Cronbach (1977). Cronbach's third edition of Educational Psychology will accommodate most professors' theoretical inclinations with the difficult duality entailed in making the course useful to prospective teachers and attractive to liberal arts and science majors. This edition is centered around Cronbach's “cognitive developmental” principle. The style of the book reflects this underlying principle. Questions are injected every four or five pages that invite students to make first attempts to stretch ideas significantly or to apply broad principles to particular problems. Current issues in educational psychology are mirrored well in a refreshingly objective manner. This book speaks equally to all students interested in the psychological analysis of educational practices in their myriad forms. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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