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Why is educational psychology considered a science?


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While psychology is generally considered a “soft science” (meaning not provable by scientific means or physical laws), educational psychology has produced many years of data through experimentation and measurable results, and as such is not as susceptible to the criticism that human beings cannot be the subject of strict scientific analysis.  In modern times, the cycles of brain development in relation to age (see Piaget) have been thoroughly measured and substantiated both by exhaustive historical data and by neurological and brain-scanning measuring devices, so theories of education have risen above mere anecdotal evidence to provable results.  Many large programs have been constructed on various educational theories (Montessori, for example, which started as an educational experiment for Italian children, has proven its worth for a century), and these long-term results have been measured and proven viable "scientifically." 

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