Erika Patall

Erika Patall

Assistant Professor


Human Development, Culture, & Learning Sciences

Email
patall@austin.utexas.edu

Office & Hours

Office: SZB 506B
By Appointment

Phone
512-471-0381

Fax
512-471-1288

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Mailing Address

The University of Texas at Austin
Educational Psychology
1912 Speedway, Stop D5800
Austin, TX 78712-1289

Full Vita
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Profile

Dr. Erika Patall is interested in the interface between social psychological theory and education. Most broadly, she studies the determinants and development of motivation and the relationship between motivation and academic achievement and underachievement. She has most frequently focused on how the provision of choice and support for autonomy may impact motivation and support other achievement related outcomes. Dr. Patall is also interested in how school time and the activities of children outside of school influence their academic achievement. She has studied the effects of extended school time and activities such as parent involvement in schoolwork, homework, and afterschool programs. Finally, Dr. Patall is interested in the development and use of meta-analytic methods in social science research.

Education

Ph.D., Social Psychology, Duke University, 2009

M.A., Social Psychology, Duke University, 2007

B.A., Psychology, McGill University, 2003

Representative Publications

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.

Recent Awards

American Educational Research Association Division C (Learning and Instruction) Outstanding Early Career Scholar Award, 2015

Emerging Scholar Award (Early Career Category), American Educational Research Association, Out-of-School Time Special Interest Group, 2010

American Psychological Association Division 15 (Educational Psychology) Dissertation Research Award, 2008

American Educational Research Association Review of Research Award, 2007

Current Research Projects and Grants

The Motivational and Learning Benefits of Autonomy-Supportive Classroom Practices, William T. Grant Foundation, Jan. 1, 2012-Dec. 31, 2015, $492,690.

Research Interests and Expertise

Dr. Erika Patall primarily examines how motivation can be supported and the relationship between motivation and academic achievement from numerous perspectives, including self-determination theory, interest theories, decision-making theories, expectancy-value theory, and achievement goal theory, among others. To address these issues, Dr. Patall uses various research methodologies, including meta-analysis, cross-sectional and longitudinal survey research, experience sampling, and experiments in both laboratory and natural settings. She has most frequently focused on how the provision of choice and support for autonomy may impact motivation and support other achievement related outcomes.

Dr. Patall has also studied how school time and the activities of children outside of school influence their academic achievement. Topics she has studied have included the effects of extended school time and activities such as parent involvement in schoolwork, homework, and afterschool programs. Finally, Dr. Patall is interested in the development and use of meta-analytic methods in social science research.