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Educational Psychology

Goodman, Greg S. (eds.)

Educational Psychology

An Application of Critical Constructivism

Series: Counterpoints - Volume 329

Year of Publication: 2008

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2008. XX, 280 pp.
ISBN 978-1-4331-0111-3 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.410 kg, 0.904 lbs

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Book synopsis

Critical constructivist pedagogy considers social justice and the freedom of students to learn as the most important aspects of the teacher’s work in the classroom. Educational Psychology: An Application of Critical Constructivism is a clarion call for pre-service teachers to identify their students’ needs and apply critical constructivist pedagogy to facilitate their learning. Collectively, these essays emphasize the need for pre-service teachers to consider their role as fundamental to the development of their students’ leadership, and awareness of social justice and equality in education as critical for a healthier and saner world.

Contents

Contents: Jeff Duncan-Andrade: Developing Social Justice Educators: How Can The Subject Tell the Truth about Itself? – Greg S. Goodman: Coming to a Critical Constructivism: Roots and Branches – Greg S. Goodman: Critical Thinking: How Good Questions Affect Classrooms – Floyd Beachum/Carlos McCray: Dealing with Cultural Collision in Urban Schools: What Pre-Service Educators Should Know – Joanne Washington: Communication, Culture, and Media Influence in the Classroom – Tamar Jacobson: Teacher and Family Relationships – Jeff Duncan-Andrade: Your Best Friend or Your Worst Enemy: Youth Popular Culture, Pedagogy, and Curriculum in Urban Classrooms – Suzanne Gallagher/Greg S. Goodman: Classroom Community Culture for Learning – Patricia Kolencik: Affective and Motivational Factors For Learning and Achievement – Binbin Jiang: English Language Learners: Understanding Their Needs – Karen T. Carey: Paying Attention and Assessing Achievement: Positive Applications for the Classroom – Suzanne Gallagher: Challenging the Dominant Discourse.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Editor: Greg S. Goodman is Assistant Professor in the School of Education and Human Services at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. His career has included working as a school psychologist, school counselor, alternative education teacher, and outdoor education instructor. His most recent books include The Outdoor Classroom, Ubiquitous Assessment, Critical Multicultural Conversations, and Alternatives in Education.

Reviews

«Challenging the dominant discourse in educational psychology, this new work draws upon critical constructivist approaches to a discipline that has for too long been held hostage by a mismeasured assessment schema and its attendant technocratic rationality. The authors of this important book bring critical pedagogy to life for pre-service educators and further the process of liberating learning from the oppressive and destructive No Child Left Behind Act.» (Peter McLaren, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles)

Series

Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education. Vol. 329
General Editors: Shirley R. Steinberg and Joe L. Kincheloe