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Patterson Hazley, Melissa. (2013). Profiles of Productive Educational Psychologists. (Unpublished Masters Thesis). University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: Educational Psychology, Under the supervision of Professor Ken Kiewra. Lincoln, Nebraska: July, 2013

Copyright (c) 2013 Melissa Patterson Hazley


The present study aims to answer the questions: Who are presently the most productive educational psychologists? How do they accomplish so much? And what advice might they give to young scholars? To identify the most productive educational psychologists, a survey was sent to Division 15 members (educational psychology) of the American Psychological Association. The top four educational psychologists were Patricia Alexander, Richard Mayer, Dale Schunk, and Barry Zimmerman. Using instrumental case study methodology, three broad themes were identified that allow these scholars to be so productive. These included professional influences, time management, research and writing techniques, and time management. The four scholars also provided this advice to new scholars: Focus on being the best scholar you can be, follow your own curiosity, collaborate with other scholars, and engage in goal setting regularly.

Advisor: Ken Kiewra