Office & Hours
Office: SZB 506B
Wednesday: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
or by Appointment
Courses of Instruction
EDP 382 - Motivation and Emotion
ALD 328 - Applied Human Learning
EDP 382 - Current Topics in Motivation
EDP 385 - Literature Review and Research Synthesis
The University of Texas at Austin
Educ Psychol Dept
1 University Station D5800
Austin, TX 78712-1294
UT Mail Code: D5800
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I am interested in the interface between social psychological theory and education. Most broadly, I study the determinants and development of motivation and the relationship between motivation and academic achievement and underachievement. I have frequently focused on how the provision of choice and support for autonomy may impact motivation and support other achievement related outcomes. However, many facets of motivation interest me. I am also interested in how school time and the activities of children outside of school influence their academic achievement. I have studied the effects of extended school time and activities such as parent involvement in schoolwork, homework, and afterschool programs. Finally, I am interested in the development and use of meta-analytic methods in social science research.
2009 Ph.D. Duke University, Social Psychology
2007 M.A. Duke University, Social Psychology
2003 B.A. McGill University, Psychology
Patall, E. A. (2013). Constructing motivation through choice, interest, and interestingness. Journal of Educational Psychology, 105, 522-534.
Patall, E. A., Cooper, H. & Allen, A. B. (2010). Extending the school day or the school year: A systematic review of research (1985-2009). Review of Educational Research, 80, 401-436.
Cooper, H. & Patall, E. A. (2009). The relative benefits of meta-analysis using individual participant data or aggregated data. Psychological Methods 14, 165-176.
Patall, E. A., Cooper, H., & Robinson, J. C. (2008). The effects of choice on intrinsic motivation and related outcomes: A meta-analysis of research findings. Psychological Bulletin, 134, 270-300.
Patall, E. A., Cooper, H. & Robinson, J. C. (2008). Parent involvement in homework: A research synthesis. Review of Educational Research, 78, 1039-1101.
Current Research Projects and Grants
The Motivational and Learning Benefits of Autonomy-Supportive Classroom Practices, William T. Grant Foundation, Jan. 1, 2012-Dec. 31, 2014, $492,692.
Research Interests and Expertise
education practice and policy
Boards, Committees and Associations
- Society of Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)
- American Educational Research Association (AERA)
- Society for Research Synthesis Methodology (SRSM)
- American Psychological Association (APA)
- Society of Research in Child Development (SRCD)
- American Psychological Society (APS)
- Society for the Study of Motivation (SSM)