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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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24. Creating a Classroom Community Culture for Learning

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CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR

Creating a Classroom Community Culture for Learning

Suzanne Gallagher & Greg S. Goodman



Only in Hollywood visions of school does classroom chaos and blatant teacher disrespect dissolve and turn to loving relations based upon mutual positive regard. Looking back at a movie such as To Sir with Love and continuing up to the more recent film Freedom Writers, we view gross mismatches of teacher-cultures of control versus the post-modern youth culture that stereotypically appears unmanageable, oppositional, and disrespectful. As these scripts go, the 30 minutes of agony teachers such as Freedom Writers’ Erin Gruwell endure are typically followed by 90 minutes of resolution and teaching bliss. Students are transformed, and lessons are learned. Just do as Gruwell does, and you’ll have students metaphorically eating out of your hand. What was so hard to understand about that?

The stereotypical script of the teacher movie and its conflict of students versus teacher make for a good plotline, but the reality of today’s classroom is missing. Our students are not paid actors, and we, unfortunately, are not pulling in seven digits for our performances. As teacher-viewers, we’re always in awe of the quick transformations the movies bring to kids who have been at war with systems more invested in forcing compliance and control than in promoting liberation and individual free expression of thought, life-style or action! The conflict for professional educators is that we are real teachers who...

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