Research in Educational Psychology in the English-speaking Caribbean: A Systematic Literature Review
The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill
The purpose of this article is to review psychological research in education in the English-speaking Caribbean and suggest future directions for research in educational psychology. The principal theme is that psychology in the English-speaking Caribbean has largely grown out of the Caribbean’s deep commitment to education and investment in its people. Using a systematic literature review I will examine the following: (a) where psychological research in education is housed; (b) the scope of psychological research in education; and, (c) the research methodologies employed in educational psychology in the English-speaking Caribbean. The article concludes with a call for the development of educational psychologists, both scientists and practitioners in the Caribbean, to develop culturally relevant perspectives and lessen the dependency on extra-regional psychological models and WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industralised, Rich and Democratic; Henrich, Heine, & Norenzayan, 2010) psychological instruments.