Educational psychologists help students overcome mental, physical, emotional and social difficulties that make it difficult for them to participate in academic and non-academic activities within primary, secondary and tertiary education.
Educational psychologists work with students individually and in groups and also liaise with parents, teachers, medical practitioners and therapists (occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and remedial therapists).
Some of the responsibilities involved include:
- Using assessments, theories and procedures to provide clarity about:
- - Barriers to learning and performance.
- - Subject choices for grade 10.
- - Study and career paths.
- - Learning styles and appropriate study techniques.
- Recommending appropriate therapies and strategies.
- Writing reports.
- Case management.
Educational psychologists can play a very important consultative role to academic institutions in the development of educational policy and strategies to improve academic performance standards.