The Use Of Psychological And Sociological Considerations On Students ' Mental Health

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B.F. Skinner, an American psychologist, once said: ‘’Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten’’. To clarify, Skinner defined education as acquiring unforgettable knowledge. Yet, the majority of the population considers education and school as synonyms even though anyone who has ever attended school is aware of its focus on remembering information rather than grasping the concepts into long-term memory. Furthermore, the education system can do more harm than good in regards to students’ mental health. Thus, integrating more psychological and sociological considerations in education practices will not only promote long-term academic success but also escalate equality and contribute to the generation of fitter teachers. The application of psychological findings on students is the most effective way to improving academic achievements due to it promoting long term success. As a matter of fact, psychology, in general, was advocated as the screen for processing curriculum objectives in Tyler’s model of curriculum in 1949 (Syomwene, Kitainge, & Mwaka, 2013). Indeed, countless of research involving psychology and education has been done since then yet the majority, if not all, suggests that psychological interventions have a positive effect on students’ academic performance. However, many people still doubt the effect of psychological considerations in education practices because of their fixation on the ideas that students’ views are too difficult to change via simple actions and that those considerations have to be continuous all through school to be effective (Yeager & Walton, 2011). Those two ideas can be debunked by dissecting the process of psychological interventions and its direct effect on the... ... middle of paper ... ...ising awareness of the psychology behind learning and teaching resulted in better fitted teachers. In conclusion, the benefits of allowing psychological and sociological considerations to play a greater role in education practices include increasing academic success rates, progressing into an equal society and improving the teachers’ methods of teaching. As stated earlier, success rates increase through involving students with psychology-based workshops where they are motivated to adopt effective studying plans. In a like manner, an equal society can be achieved with providing the minority groups with social session and assignments constructed around support and personal values respectively. Finally, more emphasis should be set on the psychology of education to yield more understanding and professional teachers who will instil knowledge and confidence in students.

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