In the general picture of a teaching environment, most fit in and respond adequately well to standardized education. However, there are always a few who are square plugs who just will not fit into the round holes of the system. In the event their unique differences are not recognized, they can become menaces to the system and labeled as problem students. Educational psychology thus steps into the picture to shed some light on the matter. Teaching professionals are trained in this field to observe and identify students who show symptoms of not fitting in with the norm. Whether the cause is due to an attention deficit disorder, overactive imagination or glands, or simply a genius in the making, special attention can then be paid to such individuals without singling them out as oddballs.
Since the group method does not work for these cases, customized teaching methods to reach out to them are employed. Depending on the recipient’s condition, an assortment of choices is available for the pickings. As a human being goes through various stages of development, his or her ability to learn also evolves accordingly. Perhaps one is more inclined towards the inquiring phase. If so, methods used have to stimulate questions followed by appropriate responses for easy comprehension. By not inducing frustration, problems in grasping new information are ironed out and learning takes on a new road.
Addressing how the cogs of the mind turn is also a discipline covered in educational psychology. How one accept information, processes it and saves it for future retrieval can vary from one individual to the other. Since the mind adopts a roadmap of sorts, each uses its own interpretation to go about its ways of handling information. Similar to a GPS, there can be more than one route from source to destination. One may use different ways of mental association to retain data.
Actions or physical behaviors also influence the process. As one is conditioned on how to carry out task, one is educated accordingly. This field therefore covers aforementioned aspects in the development of customized teaching methods for individuals with specific needs.