The articles included in this special issue are invited contributions that extend the work of the APA Division 15 Ad Hoc Committee on the Teaching of Educational Psychology. The committee was established to consider implications of current reforms relative to educational psychology courses for prospective teachers. It was charged to begin a dialogue about the contribution of educational psychology to teacher education and how educational psychology might best be taught to prospective teachers.
This issue's aim is to spark a lively interchange about the place of educational psychology in teacher education programs and the roles of educational psychologists as teacher educators with respect to three sets of issues identified by the contributors:
* the nature of the field and the relationship of its theories to practice;
* defining content and agreeing upon goals for teaching educational psychology to prospective teachers; and
* principles of pedagogy for teaching prospective teachers about ideas from the field.
In so doing, the editors hope to contribute to pedagogical content knowledge held by educational psychologists. In addition, they hope this issue will stimulate inquiry into what and how they teach, and how they can contribute substantially to prospective teachers' knowledge and skills.