Education psychology is concerned with how human learn in educational settings. It is the study of how different students develop on the basis of varied subgroups of students. Such include the less talented and the disabled children as well as the gifted. Education psychology has been closely related to other disciplines and has this area of study informs a wide range of specialties. Such include classroom management, instructional design, organizational learning, and the management of special education among others. This field of study has contributed and also draws both from learning sciences and cognitive sciences. In the institutions of higher learning, departments of education are usually housed within the faculties of education (Pal, 2011).
This paper is going to focus on an interview conducted with one of the leaders from the department of psychology coming from a reputable institution of higher learning. For the purpose of this paper, Louis University will be used as the representative name of the selected institution of higher learning. The interviewee is the chairman of the department of psychology in Louis University. He is an associate professor of developmental psychology and possesses a doctorate degree, majoring in the same field. He has extensive knowledge and sound experience in the field of developmental psychology. He has been a lecturer at Louis University for the last fifteen years excluding the last two years where he has been serving as the chairman of the department of psychology.
Based on the interview, it was clear and evident that education and research has been through ups and downs as the field has been subject to numerous challenges. According to the chairman, currently education sector has been experiencing many challenges ranging from increased rates of cases of drop outs to increased tendencies of tutor strikes. Demand for education has been increasing year in year out as most people believe that education opens the doors for better jobs and lives. However, education supply has not been a walk through because of increased lack of enough teachers as well as other educational facilities. Most governments have also put in place legislations that have not been favorable to the education sector in one way or the other. For instance, in some countries, the admission fees as well as other fees have been put so high that parents and guardians have not been able to meet such fees. Such fees have impacted negatively on the education sector.
Humanity has also been subject to demographic changes that have eventually affected education. Social factors such as provision of social amenities have adverse effects on the quality of education. For instance, poor provision of poor health facilities will impact negatively on the performance of students. Research has not been left behind, and has been subject to the above mentioned factors. Different fields have a dire and high demand for research and innovation but meeting the costs poses major challenges to the institutions. Demand for research is relatively high but supply becomes challenging and problematic. Governments have also put in place laws that limit research and development in the institutions. However, programs have been put in place to enlighten children on the importance of education in an attempt to try and reduce cases of the rates of drop out cases. Organizations and other teachers’ unions have advocated for better pays to teachers and tutors in order to address cases of strikes. Provision of social amenities has been made available all across many children in order to improve on the general performance.
According to the interviewee chairman, the department of psychology in Louis University experiences many challenges that are both micro and macro. According to him, at times there are cases of leadership wrangles within the department in regard to how management should be conducted within the department. The department has also been recording increased cases of indiscipline among students such as exam irregularities. Poor performance among students is also another major concern that the department has been facing. In addition the chairman points out that the department has not been able to acquire enough facilities for conducting research. Louis University has not been able to provide enough financial resources to enable the department in carry out researches and as such some projects have been left half-way.
In some cases and during some selected years Louis has been forced to admit relatively high number of students for instance, when the cut-off entry marks have been lowered. As such the students have been evenly distributed all among the institution’s faculties and education as well as developmental psychology has not been left out in absorbing increased number of students. Increased intake of students has resulted into a poor ratio of tutors to students and this has eventually affected teaching and lecturing as well as the students’ performance. When such happens the blame has been on the department with the huge burden obviously resting on the chairman.
The chairman points out that the department has put in place some strategies and mechanisms aimed at addressing the aforementioned challenges. To begin with it has put in place disciplinary measures whereby student misconduct has resulted into severe punishments and to some degrees total discontinuation based on the degree of misconduct. For instance, exam irregularities have led to student discontinuation. Secondly, the psychology department, through Louis University has tried to search for external financial assistance in order to fund the lagging projects as well as undertake new researches. The department has also raised the entry points in order to regulate the number of students enrolling for psychology programs (Pal, 2011). This will in turn bring down the entry number of students to the psychology program eventually creating a good balance between the tutors and students.
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|· Education and research experiencing financial shortages
· There is poor management in education and management
· Prevalent cases of incompetent individuals in education and research
· Poor motivational programs among researchers
|· Departments lacking adequate resources to carry out projects and conduct researches
· Departmental leaderships are subject to wrangles
· Poor entry levels and increased school dropout levels among students
· Poor tutors’ remuneration has led to increased strike cases eventually impacting negatively on education and research
Based on the above results, it is evident that education and research has been subject to increased challenges. Funding of projects and research has been on the lead as well as shortages of other resources to conduct research and development. The number of researchers has continuously been decreasing over time because of increased cases of poor remuneration among the tutors and lecturers. On the other school dropout cases have been on the increase, where by some of the bright and talented students have not been able to pursue their education up to the higher levels. Government and institutional laws and regulations have acted in the disfavor of education and research development.
Pal, B. K. (2011). Education Psychology. London: Pinnacle Technology.