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Educational Psychology Reader

The Art and Science of How People Learn - Revised Edition

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Edited By Greg S. Goodman

The revised edition of Educational Psychology Reader: The Art and Science of How People Learn presents an exciting amalgam of educational psychology’s research-based reflections framed in twenty-first century critical educational psychology. As a discipline, educational psychology is reinventing itself from its early and almost exclusive identification with psychometrics and taxonomy-styled classifications to a dynamic and multicultural collage of conversations concerning language acquisition, socially mediated learning, diverse learning modalities, motivation, the affective domain, brain-based learning, the role of ecology in increasing achievement, and many other complementary dimensions of how people learn. Many polymaths of the discipline are included in this volume, providing daunting evidence of the range and intellectual rigor of educational psychology at this historical juncture. Featuring a collection of renowned international authors, this text will appeal to scholars across the globe. The Educational Psychology Reader is an ideal choice as either the primary or supplemental text for both undergraduate and graduate level educational psychology courses.
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12. A Cultural-Historical Teacher Starts the School Year: A Novel Perspective on Teaching and Learning

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CHAPTER TWELVE

A Cultural-Historical Teacher Starts the School Year

A Novel Perspective on Teaching and Learning

Cathrene Connery & Christina Curran



The first day of school has finally arrived. At the shrill of the bell, you survey your classroom one last time. All your hard work and advanced planning has paid off: everything seems to be in order. Brightly colored posters hang on the walls; books peek out from nooks, crannies, and corners. Carefully arranged manipulatives, props, and realia advertise the promise of hands-on and exciting explorations. Name tags stand silently on top of polished desks and tables. As you open the door and call out a greeting, a stream of students enters the room. The final bell signals that the school year has officially started. Closing the door, twenty-five pairs of eyes of diverse shapes and colors examine you nervously from their seats. You smile warmly, moving to the head of the classroom to address your new class for the first time. All at once, your knees buckle and you are moved by the enormity of the responsibility patiently sitting before you.

Each year teachers of all ages and expertise experience the start of the new school calendar in the same manner. The majority of pre-service, in-service, novice and veteran teachers anxiously anticipate the very first moments of the new academic year. Sometimes we worry about our suitability in a new grade level or...

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