Educational Psychology To Solve Classroom Problems

March 25th, 2008 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

How would a teacher use the knowledge of educational psychology to solve classroom problem?

Psychology is the study of behaviour. Educational psychology is an attempt to apply the psychological principles, theories & techniques to human behaviour in educational situation.

The knowledge of educational psychology is very useful & indispensable for the teacher due to the following criteria:

  1. Knowledge of innate nature: The child has some qualities, instinct, urges etc. These natures  force the child to find out his /her inner talent  and behave in the class in different way. Educational psychology helps to modify this behaviour in a positive manner.
  2. Knowledge of individual difference: Every child is different from each other with respect to abilities achievement, capabilities etc. The knowledge of educational psychology helps the teacher to bring out the latent talent of a child.
  3. Knowledge of behaviour: Child is born with some innate behaviour. Educational psychology helps the teacher to modify the behaviour of the child.e.g Stubbornness,annoyance,anxiety etc.
  4. Knowledge of Mental health: Educational psychology helps the teacher to maintain the health of student by contacting their parents occasionally. Personality develops if the mental health of a child is  taken care of.
  5. Knowledge of Learning: Educational psychology helps the teacher to understand the various aspects of learning such as Method, Process, Laws of learning etc. Thus it helps to modify the teaching procedure for making learning successful.
  6. Knowledge of one’s own job: Educational psychology helps the teacher to know and understand the importance of one’s own job, responsibilities with efficiency.Teacher should not show their stress in front of children.
  7. Knowledge of guidance: Educational psychology helps the teacher to understand the child’s mind and guide the child whenever necessary.
  8. Improvement in teaching-taught relationship: It improves the teaching-taught relationship by knowing the interest ,aptitude and potential of the child.
  9. Improvement in curriculum: Educational psychology helps to develop the curriculum which revolves round the student like concentric approach/topical approach of the subject which will be related to the child’s real-life situation. Thus, educational psychology helps to create child-centered curriculum.
  10. Improvement in teaching method: It helps to introduce various teaching methods to develop the interest of the child. Teacher can thus use different teaching aids to improve teaching and create curiosity in the child.
  11. Improvement in discipline: Discipline can not be forced.Educational psychology helps to understand the mind of the child and helps to maintain self-discipline.
  12. Experimentation and research: Educational psychology brings out certain experiments and research in the field of education and bringing the new teaching methods to improve the teaching-learning process.
  13. Measurement and evaluation: It helps the teacher to measure the various achievement of the child by evaluating through different skills.

Thus we see that educational psychology is very useful to the teacher to modify the teaching and handle classroom problems efficiently.

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21 Responses

  1. The Goob Says:

    I like it how this was broken into different critera so we can see the break down of the aspects of learning. There are so many ways to deal with handling with a child behavior. We learn what works and what doesn’t works meaning all of the steps listed we may not have to try them all out. We need to understand kids of different styles of learning so we need have a knowledge of learning as well as guidance so we can help them learn. What awesome that will help of teaching the kids to learn they will teach us aspects of learning that we would have never thought of.

  2. Chris Cowsert Says:

    I like how this idea into smaller sections. The idea’s on how to handle children in the classroom. I really like how it broke down the idea o how to teach these students. It help me to see how i can handle kids who have these different strugless in the classroom. It also shows me a way that i can improve myself as a teacher and have a better understanding of kids who have a hard time in the classroom.

  3. Michael Womble Says:

    I feel like this article is pretty much common sense. Basically, the more we know about the children, the more prepared we are and the better we can teach them. When we know how they tick we can teach more effectively. I like the part about bringing out the curiosity in the child. We should be creative and try to get them to enjoy learning.

  4. Sarah Craighead Says:

    I like how this article is written almost like a bulleted check list. You can look refresh over the things you know, and then see what areas you need to improve when you are dealing with using educational psychology in the classroom. Number 6 was my favorite, because sometimes we don’t actually know what we’re supposed to be doing. We either get frustrated, are un-prepared, or simply mis-informed. When we understand what we’re supposed to do, then and only then can we really evaluate how we teach, and use educational psychology in the classroom towards our students.

  5. DeeNa Says:

    A teacher would use educational psychology to solve almost all problems that may arise in the classroom. Everything from choosing curriculum, classroom activities, rest times to classroom decorations furnishings and placement of furniture to behavior can be solved through the understanding of educational psychology. This article simplified beautifully how students and teachers can benefit from the use of educational psychology in the classroom.

  6. munazzah Says:

    read this article..was of great help….THANK U

  7. stanley mwasi Says:

    the work was good and help us as the teachers trainee to understand nuch on the importance of studing ed.psych

  8. stanley mwasi Says:

    the work was good and help us as the teachers trainee to understand much on the importance of studying ed.psych. well done

  9. Asha Says:

    u should be with clarity when ur doing some work

  10. dimple Says:

    thanks for the information ,i was learning educational psychology for my b.ed exam and this article was quite informative

  11. orish Says:

    i just cherish this edu psy for helping children out of their study

  12. Reyaz ahmad malla Says:

    Very much informative n helpful for teachers thanks

  13. Pz.S Shuaib Amin Says:

    Good informative but not briefly explained.

  14. jashodhara Says:

    Dear All,
    Thank you all for commenting on this article. Your suggestions are also welcome. If you ask me to add some more point and suggest the point, I’ll be very happy.

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