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This essay on educational psychology focuses on its importance and other fields of psychology which are co-related with it.

Educational Psychology

Educational psychology is branch of psychology that focuses on the psychological aspects of education. Educational psychology uses psychological knowledge and methods to understand nature of the processes of teaching and learning. Educational psychology analyses effect of these differences on learning.
Educational psychology in turn informs a wide range of specialties within educational studies, including instructional design, educational technology, curriculum development, organizational, special education and classroom management. Educational psychology both draws from and contributes to the learning sciences.
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 field of educational psychology incorporates a number of other disciplines, including developmental psychology, behavioral psychology and cognitive psychology.

Educational psychology is vital in teaching children. Educational psychologists focus primarily on the learning, social and emotional problems encountered by children and young people. They carry out a wide range of tasks and work in a wide variety of settings with the aim of enhancing children’s learning and enabling teachers, parents and practitioners to become more aware of the social and emotional factors affecting teaching and learning.
Additionally educational psychologists are often called upon to contribute to decision making processes and to lead, advice or join working and consultation groups on issues concerned with organization and policy planning. Educational Psychologists can also be called upon to support schools in times of unexpected bereavements or other traumatic events.
The objectives of excelling in educational psychology include:
1. Apply the insights of psychology to issues related to learning and Development
2. Become effective teacher by knowing the processes involved in student’s development, thinking and learning
3. minimize disruptions in classroom by establishing and maintaining an effective learning environment
4. Understand the relationship between personality, intelligence, attitudes, aptitudes and student achievement.
5. develop an awareness of important factors in behavior identifying the causes of behavior
6. able to direct the student suitably towards learning and growth by motivating him effectively
7. ensure desirable growth in the personality of the students

The field of educational psychology was founded by several
pioneers in psychology just before the start of the twentieth century. One of those pioneers was William James (1842–1910). Soon after launching the first psychology textbook, Principles of
Psychology (1890), he gave a series of lectures called Talks to Teachers (James, 1899/1993) in which he discussed the applications of psychology to educating children.

Educational research is important because it allows us to assess and review the quality of schools and education. It allows for reform and policy change.


Decision Making Processes, Psychological Knowledge, Social And Emotional Problems, William James

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I am a student of English Literature. I am a diligent worker nd most of the time am able to complete tasks on time. I'll love to do stuff which is related to my field.

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author avatar D in The Darling
9th Jul 2012 (#)

A student of English Literature not Psychology? I'm impressed.

Thanks for sharing. You're worth a follow!

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author avatar saleh
20th Jul 2012 (#)

I chose Psychology as a general course :)

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