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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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13. To Study Is a Revolutionary Duty

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CHAPTER THIRTEEN

To Study Is a Revolutionary Duty

Jeff Duncan-Andrade



If we reflect on the fact that our human condition is one of essential unfinishedness, that, as a consequence, we are incomplete in our being and in our knowing, then it becomes obvious that we are “programmed” to learn, destined by our very incompleteness to seek completeness, to have a “tomorrow” that adds to our “today.” In other words, wherever there are men and women, there is always and inevitably something to be done, to be completed, to be taught, and to be learned.

—Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom (1998)

June 1, 2007

Dear Paulo,

It seems appropriate that I am writing my first letter to you while on my first trip to the country of your birth. I came to Brazil to give two presentations on how your work has influenced mine. Letter writing is a much more intimate act than presenting, and therefore infinitely more difficult.

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