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Richard S. Newman

Richard S. Newman

Professor Emeritus

Graduate School of Education
1207 Sproul Hall

Research Areas

  • I’m interested in help seeking--both academic and social help seeking. The question regarding academic help seeking is, why is it so difficult for students to raise their hand and ask a question when they don’t understand an assignment?

I became interested in this issue when I was a classroom teacher and realized this is a real- world problem that often can be solved. Help seeking can be facilitated; kids can be encouraged and supported to ask for help. The question regarding social help seeking (which is what I’ve been interested in most recently) has to do with the difficulty that kids have when they are being harassed, bullied, threatened or teased. Again, why is it so difficult to get help?


  • B.A., Mathematics, Lehigh University
  • M.Ed., Special Education, Boston University
  • M.A., Psychology, University of Michigan
  • Ph.D., Education and Psychology, University of Michigan


Professor Emeritus Journal of Educational Psychology - Advisory Editor, 1988-1991; 2000-2003; 2005-2007.
Postdoctoral Position in Clinical Child Psychology, Reiss-Davis Child Study Center, 1991-1994
Visiting Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Education, Berlin, Germany, 1985-1986
Peace Corps Volunteer, Jamaica, 1970-1972

Professional Activities
American Psychological Association: Division 7 (Developmental Psychology) Division 15 (Educational Psychology) Division 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology)
Society for Research in Child Development
Los Angeles County Psychological Association
American Educational Research Association: Division C (Learning and Instruction); Motivation in Education Special Interest Group


  • Newman, R.S., & Goldin, L. (1990). Children’s reluctance to seek help with schoolwork.
  • Journal of Educational Psychology, 82, 92-100.
  • Newman, R.S., & Schwager, M.T. (1995). Students’ help seeking during problem solving: Effects of grade, goal, and prior achievement. American Educational Research Journal, 32, 352-376
  • Newman, R. S. (1998).Adaptive help seeking: A role of social interaction in self-regulated learning. In S. A. Karabenick (Ed.), Strategic help seeking: Implications for learning and teaching. (pp. 13-37). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum
  • Newman, R.S. (2000) Social influences on the development of children’s adaptive help seeking: The role of parents, teachers, and peers. Developmental Review, 20, 350-404.
  • Newman, R.S., Murray, B., & Lussier, C. (2001) Confrontation with aggressive peers at school: Students’ reluctance to seek help from the teacher. Journal of Educational Psychology, 93, 398-410.
  •  Newman, R. S. (2002). What do I need to do to succeed… When I don’t understand what I’m doing!?: Developmental influences on students’ adaptive help seeking. In A. Wigfield & J. Eccles (Eds.). Development of achievement motivation. (pp. 285-306). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
  • Newman, R. S., & Murray, B. J. (2005) How students and teachers view the seriousness of peer harassment: When is it appropriate to seek help? Journal of Educational Psychology, 97, 347-365.
  • Newman, R. S.(2008). The motivational role of adaptive help seeking in self-regulated learning.  In D. H. Schunk & B. J. Zimmerman (Eds.), Motivation and self-regulated learning: Theory, research, and applications. (pp. 127-142). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Newman, R. S. (2008). Adaptive and non-adaptive help seeking with peer harassment: An integrative perspective of coping and self regulation. Educational Psychologist, 43, 1-15.

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