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Educational Psychology

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Educational psychology, or the study of education, is the discipline that focuses on understanding how human beings acquire knowledge and how they are shaped by learning environment. Professionals in the field study cognitive, behavioural, developmental, social, and emotional factors that influence the ability to learn, in order to improve educational practice for children, adults and people with special learning needs.

Educational psychology is closely related to field of psychology, but programmes can be usually found in departments of education at universities. Education psychology is also connected to neuroscience, while recent theories including topics from the field of social sciences.

Programmes can usually be found at the doctorate level, but some universities also offer Master's degrees in educational psychology. Courses use methods such as testing and measurement to find ways to enhance educational activities. Curriculums study topics such as instructional design, human development, classroom management, assessment, supportive learning technologies for various types of students.

Researchers may focus on one or more area of interest such as: basic processes of development, parenting, social networks, development of aggression, emotional and academic self-regulation, play interests, creativity, gerontology, and more.

Graduates may find work as faculty members, researchers, consultants, instructional software developers, test developers, educational programme managers, and other positions in firms, foundations, public schools, state and federal education departments, and the military.

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Ph.D. Educational Psychology (DEdPsy)

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United Kingdom