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Psychological Science of Education

Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology intends to enhance the effect of learning and the wellness of learners by scientifically approaching human learning and psychology. The Educational Psychology program of Korea University specifically grounds its work on expertise in the field of human development, motivation, and neuroscience to analyze and understand the motivational states in learning situations, to design and verify interventions regarding motivation, and to produce knowledge for designing effective learning and effective learning environments. Moreover, through constant research, the program aims to foster professionals who can contribute globally to advance the future of educational psychology. All lectures are conducted in English, and theses/dissertations are also written in English. Graduate students majoring in Educational Psychology will participate in various research projects as researchers at the Brain & Motivation Research Institute during their studies.

Educational Measurement and Statistics

Measurement and Statistics in Education is a field of study that collects and analyzes quantitative data to draw conclusions to establish theories in behavioral science including education. Also, this field does not merely focus on the application of measurement and statistical methods, but it also develops new statistical methods. Measurement in Education deals with issues such as developing assessments to measure specific constructs, validating the assessments, equalizing the assessment scores, or examining the rater effects. In Educational Statistics, analysis of the measured data is conducted specifically for the purpose of research, and issues such as verification of the theoretical model, estimation of change, analysis of complex sampling data, and categorization of similar groups are addressed. When developing a new theory of measurement and statistics, advanced theories of measurement will be studied. Moreover, simulation methods, which produce and evaluate random data based on specific conditions, will be applied. In Measurement and Statistics in Education, the focus is not only on gaining knowledge for measurement, but also on enhancing the logical thinking that researchers need.

Counseling

To raise counseling practitioners and researchers through a systematic counseling education, the Counseling program strives to build an international counseling research network via excellent academic research. Counseling is a process in which clients and counselors work collaboratively to research issues that students face, such as academics, careers, school life, and emotions, solve these issues, and promote self-growth. Therefore, the Counseling program focuses on applying and learning the diverse psychological knowledge and experience necessary for performing counseling. For the sake of practical learning beyond theories, students participate in counseling practices in school counseling centers and career development centers to gain understanding and experiences of real counseling sessions.