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Educational  Psychology: Theory and Practice

Educational Psychology: Theory and Practice

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Education by all means is an attempt to mould and shape the behaviour of the pupil. It aims to produce desirable changes in him for the all-round development of his personality. The essential knowledge and skill to do this job satisfactorily is supplied by Educational Psychology. I Educational psychology involves the study of how people learn, including topics such as student outcomes, the instructional process, individual differences in learning, gifted learners, and learning disabilities. This branch of psychology involves not just the learning process of early childhood and adolescence but includes the social, emotional, and cognitive processes that are involved in learning throughout the entire lifespan. The text concludes with an important aspects of human behaviour in educational setting.

Today’s educational system is highly complex. There is no single learning approach or style that works for everyone. Because of this, psychologists working in the field of education are focused on identifying and studying learning methods to better understand how people absorb and retain new information. In simpler terms, it is concerned with the study of how students learn and how teachers can help them to learn effectively. Educational psychology draws on and combines various psychological theories and principles – such as those related to human development, motivation, learning, behavior management and assessment, among others – in order to improve the conditions of teaching and learning. Educational psychologists study the process of learning not only among the general population but also among sub-groups such as gifted children and those with various learning disabilities. Educational psychologists apply theories of human development to understand individual learning styles and inform the instructional process. While interaction with teachers and students in school settings is an important part of their work, it is not the only aspect of the job. Learning is a lifelong endeavor. People don’t only learn at school, they learn at work, in social situations and even doing simple tasks like household chores or running errands. The goal of educational psychology is not to provide specific prescriptions for teachers and other individuals who have an influence on a learner’s educational attainment as if there were only a few set ways in which one can optimize the processes of teaching and learning. Rather, research in this field is designed to uncover general principles which can be applied in various ways across diverse educational settings and learners. This text involves the study of how people learn, including topics such as student outcomes, the instructional process, individual differences in learning, and learning disabilities.

Amanda Ronan

Amanda Ronan

Amanda earned a master’s degree in education from Loyola Marymount University in 2005. She has nearly fifteen years of experience working in education as a teacher, instructional coach, and curriculum writer. Amanda’s interests range from child development to educational technology to social justice. She is currently an author, editor, and curriculum writer.