Educational Psychology

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  • A broad term that encompasses both the study of how people learn in educational settings as well as the provision of psychological services by practitioners in a school setting. Educational psychology, as a modern scientific discipline, traces its roots to the late 19th century with the application of the scientific method to educational problems. William James's book, Talks to Teachers on Psychology, published in 1899, is considered the first book on educational psychology, while Edward Thorndike, whose work on instrumental conditioning in the early 1900s influenced later theories of learning, is widely considered the father of educational psychology. Today, the title “educational psychologist” usually refers to psychologists who focus on learning outcomes (as influenced by both student attributes and instructional processes), the effectiveness of ...

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