The Art and Science of How People Learn - Revised Edition
Edited By Greg S. Goodman
3. Critical Educational Psychology
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Critical Educational Psychology
Critical educational psychology (CEP) is a commitment to examine widely accepted ideas, concepts, beliefs, and methods in educational psychology through intra- and interdisciplinary perspectives in order to consider ways that the discourse of our field is implicated in the workings of power. This means explicitly considering ways educational psychology is entangled in issues of freedom, control, governance, oppression, discrimination, marginalization, empowerment, and disempowerment. These issues are seldom explored because of an assumptive context that educational psychology discourse is neutral, value-free, and consistent with supporting individual empowerment. To support efforts to engage critically with the discourse of our field, I offer three possible themes for inquiry: polyvocalism, emancipation, and sociohistoricism. This conceptualization of CEP is one way to construct critical possibilities, and it should serve merely as a starting point for a dialogue on how we can push for, frame, and organize critical work within educational psychology.
Educational psychology is a subfield of the parent field of psychology and is heavily influenced by general psychology and its subfields, which include, but are not limited to, developmental psychology, social psychology, and cognitive psychology. Bird (1999) captures this characteristic, defining educational psychology as any area of education that is informed by psychological theories or techniques. Educational psychology is also informed by perspectives outside the conventional boundaries of psychology, such as evolution, philosophy, and biology, just to...
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