Diverse Nature of Psychology Analytical Essay by jlatigue

Looks at many diverse sub-disciplines of psychology and applies to the author's job.
# 150366 | 1,175 words | 6 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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This paper explains that, because psychology is both an applied science and an academic field studying human behavior, it has become one of the most diverse sciences. Of the 54 listed sub-disciplines, all of which focus on human behavior, the author reviews the specialized fields of environmental psychology, industrial/organizational psychology and educational psychology that also can be combined. The paper concludes by the author describing the sub-disciples of psychology that he uses at this job as a correctional counselor at a military facility.

Table of Contents:
Sub-Disciplines of Psychology
Application to Other Disciplines
Theoretical Perspective
Sub-Disciplines Used in My Job

From the Paper:

"The branch of Industrial and Organizational psychology takes workplace issues both at the individual and at the company level and researches to improve wellbeing and performance of employees and organizations. From planning to actual workplace and employee selection, this branch of psychology takes themes from the broad field of psychology and applies them to the business world. Another example would be educational psychology. Again major themes from the field of psychology are used in an educational environment to discover the cognitive abilities of students. According to Educational Psychology (2011), "Educational psychology is the study of the social, ethical, and cognitive development of students as they progress from children to adult learners. Educational psychologists develop and apply theories of teaching, learning, and human development to determine the most effective ways for educators to teach students. In developing curricula, educational psychologists look at topics such as instructional methods, individual differences in learning, and behavioral and cognitive theories of education. Educational psychologists research ideas like the multiple intelligence theory, appropriate learning goals, and what motivates students to learn. They then use this type of research to build better instructional curricula in an effort to improve the quality of education. All three of these sub-disciplines of psychology have their basis in the major underlying themes of the field of psychology as a whole."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Psychological Association. (2011). Divisions. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/about/division/index.aspx
  • Cherry, K. (2011). What Is Psychology?. Retrieved from http://psychology.about.com/od/psychology101/f/psychfaq.htm
  • De Young, R. (1999) Environmental Psychology. In D. E. Alexander and R. W. Fairbridge [Eds] Encyclopedia of Environmental Science. (Pp. 223-224) Hingham, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • Educational Psychology. (2011). Educational Psychology. Retrieved from http://www.educationalpsychology.net/
  • Michigan State University. (n.d.). Psychology Degree. Retrieved from http://psychology.msu.edu/undergrads/PsychologyDegree.aspx

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