Thursday, 23 May 2013
Following are the important characteristics of the nature of educational psychology:
- It is an applied branch of fundamental Psychology.
- It combines two fields i.e. education and psychology.
- It is the scientific study of human behavior in educational situation.
- It is concerned with these factors, principles and techniques which relate to the various aspects of child’s growth and development.
- It is concerned with learning situation and process by which learning can be more efficient and effective.
- Educational Psychology draws heavily from various branches of psychology, biology sociology and anthropology.
- Educational Psychology is not as exact as natural sciences since the human behavior cannot be predicated exactly, because it is dynamic.
- Educational Psychology is a science of education dealing primarily with how, when and what of education.
- It is not a normative a science as it is not concerned with the value of educational and doesn’t concern itself with and ‘What ought to be.” It only describes what it is; it is an applied positive science.
- While psychology deals with the behavior of all individuals in all walks of life. Educational Psychology limits its dealing with the behavior of the pupil in relation to educational environment.
- It does not concern with what and why of education it gives the necessary knowledge and skill (Technical Guidance) for giving education the pupil in a satisfactory way.