Race-reimaging educational psychology research: Investigating constructs through the lens of race and culture

Jamaal Sharif Matthews, Francesca López

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Despite increasing racial and cultural diversity in the United States and many other industrialized countries, less than 2% of research published in top-tier educational psychology journals authentically examines the experiences of racial and cultural minorities. Through this special issue, we not only aim to increase representation of these populations in our research, but we also strive to promote greater integrity in how racial and cultural constructs are managed in the theories, methods, analyses, and interpretations of educational psychology research. In this introduction article, we define and discuss race-reimaging in educational psychology. Further, we briefly review the historical and contemporary issues in conventional psychological research that necessitate race-reimaging and underscore its appeal. Subsequently, we introduce each article in the special issue and speak to how its respective race-reimaging qualities inform as well as extend traditional educational psychology constructs. Finally, we point to special guest commentary by Paul Schutz and conclude with implications for race-reimaged research broadly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number101878
JournalContemporary Educational Psychology
StatePublished - Apr 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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