Saturday, 11 February 2017

What is Educational Psychology?

Educational Psycyhology:

In order to understand Educational Psychology, we have to first understand what Psychology is and then we will be in better position to understand the term Educational Psychology.

Educational Psychology
Educational Psychology
It is the study of human behavior and thinking. When we say behavior, it refers the activity of an individual which can be either overt (visible) or covert (invisible or internal).
The discipline of psychology studies how experience affects thought and action. Basically, psychology tries to explain why people think, act, and feel as they do. Experts of this discipline (popularly known as psychologists) try to understand the role of mental functions in individual and social behavior and biological processes that underlie cognitive functions and behaviors.

Educational Psychology: 

In the simplest form, Educational Psychology can be defined as the study of human behavior in educational settings. Educational psychology (which is an applied science or branch of pure psychology) is concerned with teaching and learning processes. According to John F. Travers (1982), educational psychology is a systematic study of pupils (learners), learning, and teaching. All these three—pupils, learning process and teaching are inter-related and interactive aspects of education. The subject matter of educational psychology is directly related to classroom learning and problems facing the classroom teacher. According to Wittrock (1992), educational psychology involves not only the application of existing psychological knowledge to educational theory and practice, but also the development of new knowledge and procedures. To sum up, educational psychology deals with learning processes, human development and motivation, social learning, and human personality (such as intelligence and creativity). It helps to provide a better background for understanding the total job of teaching in all its intricacies. 

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