Educational Psychology

Thus, some of the theorists that are specific to educational psychology comprise Thorndike, Hall, Dewey, and Siegler to name a few.
In educational psychology, the scientific method is used in research because it is the sole means by which objective data can be gathered in this field. The scientific method is a systematic and thorough approach in which research can be conducted. It involves the following steps: asking questions, doing background research, constructing a hypothesis, testing with an experiment, analyzing results, drawing conclusions and reporting results. The researcher is required to construct another hypothesis if the tested hypothesis was found to be false or partially true. The scientific method is used in both qualitative and quantitative research. The quantitative method is used in cases where the sample can be manipulated. However, the qualitative is used for experiments where the subjects cannot be manipulated and the researcher would attain more ethical results if the sample remained as close to the natural setting as possible.
Language development begins from the womb. The fetus from sixteen weeks is able to recognize the voice of its mother. Therefore researchers believe that the degree of effort the mother puts into communication is directly related to the extent of the child’s language development. Thus, early language development is fostered firstly by the level of communication the mother asserts with the child. This constant hearing of the spoken language acts as a foundation from which the child can base the entire building block of language development.
Not only would the communication from the mother motivate the child to want to learn a language but also the communication of other adults plays an important role in language development. Adults who interact with infants and young children are in fact laying a foundation for the eventual language component.&nbsp.