Instructional Psychology and Technology
Instructional Psychology and Technology is a branch of study concerned with understanding the ideas, principles, and theories related to improving instruction.
Instructional Psychology and Technology deals with identifying and implementing improvements in instruction and understanding the principles that influence these improvements. IP&T applies these principles to solve instructional problems which occur in educational settings, including public schools and universities, government, church, military, business, and industry.
The Instructional Psychology and Technology program at Brigham Young University teaches students the knowledge, methods, and technologies necessary for disciplined research into instructional issues. Specifically, the program requires students to attain skills in the following areas:
- Design and Development, the study and application of principles and instructional theory that underlie the design, production, and implementation of high quality instruction
- Research, the study of experimental design, research methods, quantitative and qualitative data collection, data analysis procedures, and scientific report writing
- Evaluation and Measurement, the study of how to design and conduct evaluation studies to correctly identify the merits and shortcomings of instructional systems and how to develop and validate measurement instruments
Students in Instructional Psychology & Technology are encouraged to become members of professional organizations related to the field. Our Professional Organization section contains a list of the main organizations along with descriptions of their areas of focus and links to their websites. Employment opportunities with the field are reviewed on Career Opportunities found on the Instructional Psychology and Technology page.