Developmental psychology

Developmental psychology is the branch of psychology that studies the physical, mental, and behavioural changes that occur from conception to old age. Of particular relevance to education, educational psychology and the learning sciences, developmental psychology considers aspects of an individual's development that have implications for achievement, learning, cognition, motivation and engagement. Thus, for example, developmental psychology examines changes in educational outcomes over the course of school or from one year to another; it seeks to understand how physical, mental, and behavioural changes affect academic achievement and engagement; and it examines effective strategies to apply appropriately at different stages of individuals' development to help them learn to potential. Educational progress and educational trajectories, then, are closely connected to key aspects of individuals' development and developmental psychology is a central perspective on how to understand and assess this.

Researchers in this area include:

Dr Rachel Wilson Research Methodology Coordinator; Faculty Advisor in Research Methodology; Senior Lecturer - Research Methodology / Educational Assessment & Evaluation
Dr Minkang Kim Lecturer in Educational Psychology (Human Development); Coordinator, Professional Portfolio; Senior Lecturer in Human Development; Director, BEd Honours Programme
Keywords: Dynamic Systems Theory, social development, moral development,cultural diversity, neurobiology of development, brain development
Dr Derek Sankey Honorary Associate
Keywords: Dynamic Systems Theory, philosophy of science, human development, mind and brain, learning and teaching, school-based teacher education