What is the best definition for educational psychology?what are the purpose, functions and importance of educational psychology?

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M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Educational Psych is the science that studies patterns in learning acquisition throughout human development in order to help predict and consider the best developmentally-appropriate instructional methods that would help growing human beings acquire information at the rate, pace, and volume that they need to get it.

A person who studies Educational Psych as a major or Masters in college will likely end up as a tester, that is, as a professional whose main job is to determine the level of developmental appropriateness of a student who is showing difficulty learning. It is quite cool and very quantitative. It is very interesting, though.

However, Ed Psych is also rich and valuable with qualitative data, because it shows whether the job of teachers is effective in the learning process of specific students, or not.

It is one of the most marvelous fields and I respect it a lot.

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The previous posts were very strong.  I would only add that another giant in the field of Educational Psychology would have to be Carl Jung.  He believed that education and psychology are linked in the mind of the learner and in the consciousness of the teacher.  In order to understand one, the other must be grasped.  In this light, Jung suggests that thtere is a great deal of connection between how the learner learns and understanding their own personal background in the teaching process.  The driving force behind how people learn and cracking this code becomes of primary importance for the educational psychologist.  As we become more aware of the need to differentiate instruction for learners of all type in the hopes of making it more meaningful, this is where the educational psychologist finds the greatest amount of relevance.

besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Educational psychology focus on individuals and how they learn and adapt in educational settings. They may even specialize in gifted or special needs children to better understand how they can achieve an optimal education. They do not only deal with children though. The learning process is lifelong so they study humans from birth through old age. Educational psychologists are vested in the entire instructional process, from the beginning to the end.

Some of the more acknowledged psychologists that are linked to educational psychology are B.F. Skinner and Jean Piaget. There are some other branches of psychology that are closely linked with educational psychology such as cognitive psychology and developmental psychology.

krishna-agrawala | Student

Educational psychology is branch of psychological 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. It helps to understand differences in attitudes, intelligence, social adjustment, and other characteristics among students and their effect on how well students learn.  Such understanding helps development of methods that teachers can use to help students learn more effectively.

Educational psychology also provides teachers with information about how students learn and what stimulates them to learn.  Educators use such information to design curriculum. Educational psychologists also develop tests and other methods to measure what students have learned and how much they are able to learn.

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