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Psychology deals with the mental process and behavior. Educational psychology deals with the ways that individuals learn in various educational settings. In this way, education and psychology and very closely linked.
People who are educational psychologists serve many different roles. For example, school psychologists may often study children who have specific educational needs, such as those who are gifted. Everyone learns in different ways and they also look for different educational interventions. Keep in mind that educational psychology does not apply to just children. Educational psychologists study learners of all ages, birth through old age. Learning is a lifelong process.
A simple explanation of the term educational psychology might be: the study of how the mind and behavior are linked to the process of learning.
Northern Illinois University defines educational psychology as the scientific study of psychology in educational settings in its course description. Educational psychology functions as a tool to understanding how the mind and body best learn. In so doing, students of educational psychology can help educators understand under what conditions students will have the most success.
Educational psychology then aims to understand how learning changes in different conditions and contexts. It also aims to define the roles of socialization, motivation and age/maturity in the learning process.
A connection exists between education and psychology because learning (education) does not happen in a vacuum. The mind and body are always impacted by surroundings and events. How the mind and body interpret those surroundings and events impacts what is learned.
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