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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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26. Infinite Jurisdiction: Managing Achievement In and Out of School

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CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX

Infinite Jurisdiction

Managing Achievement In and Out of School

Katherine Crawford-Garrett



Like international humanitarian workers, the TFA corps members I encountered in my classes were driven by a dual sense of optimism and ambition, eager to remedy societal inequities and willing to relocate to unfamiliar geographic settings in order to do so. Moreover, the corps members I taught seemed to struggle with many of the same broader questions faced by humanitarian workers including: What is the individual’s role in working for large-scale change? Who are the recipients of our help and who is to blame for their problems? What future do we as “helpers” imagine for those we are aiming to help and what actions do we take to achieve these outcomes? And lastly, what does it mean to leave “the field” and how is the decision to leave justified when the work is clearly unfinished and ongoing?

Like aid workers who must negotiate a number of bureaucracies in order to fulfill their mandate to provide assistance to impoverished populations, corps members had to contend with myriad complexities in their efforts to address the long-standing achievement gap between white and minority students. Moreover, corps members also had specific notions regarding who they were trying to “help.” If critical interventions in any context assume that the “victims” are somehow deficient or lacking in agency, profound change is unlikely. The ways in which corps members...

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