Why Teachers Need a Bit of Training in Psychology

It is widely agreed, in most countries, that teachers need a bit of training in psychology: hence the scenario where most teacher training curriculums have elements of psychology. We are interested in understanding why teachers need such training in psychology.

It emerges that the first reason as to why teachers need a bit of training in psychology is to facilitate knowledge transfer. The process through which knowledge moves from the teacher to the student is a complex one, and to put it simply, a person who doesn’t have adequate training in psychology may not be qualified for placement as an effective teacher.

The second reason as to why teachers need a bit of training in psychology is to be in a position to help their students with various challenges. A teacher is supposed to be a coach, and a counselor, and these things make it necessary for him or her to be possessed of a bit of psychology knowledge.

The third reason as to why teachers need a bit of training in psychology is to be in a position to help the parents of the students they handle. It can, for instance, be hard for an untrained person to know how to handle a parent who is coming to terms with the fact that his or her child is underperforming in school, and the prognosis is not good.