Educational psychology refers to the study of the manner in which human beings learn in educational settings. They also focus on evaluating the efficiency of educational assistance and intervention. Educational psychology also studies the psychology of teaching as well as the social impact of schools as organizations. Prima face, the terms educational psychology and school psychology may seem almost the same, there is a thin line separating these two. All researchers & theorists fall under the category of educational psychologists while people who practice in schools or similar settings fall under the category of school psychologists. The main aim of educational psychology is to gain insight into the process of attaining education for kids belonging to various strata including children with disabilities and specially gifted kids as well.
In order to understand educational psychology better it needs to be related to other disciplines as well. It makes use of the basic fundamental principles of psychology and in turn aids in the understanding of various specialties related to educational sciences such as instructional modeling, developing the content, educational technology, imparting special education, organizational theories and gaining insights into classroom management. There is a lot of knowledge sharing between educational psychology and cognitive as well as learning sciences. Most universities have departments of educational psychology however they are limited to the faculties of education themselves and this is one of the reason for proper representation of educational psychology content in basic and preliminary level books of psychological studies.