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Educational Psychology Reader

The Art and Science of How People Learn - Revised Edition


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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Section IV: Paulo Freire’s Legacies


d_ch 13 thru 24_EdPsychReader_2013 11/9/2013 3:31 PM Page 166 The passage that most influenced me comes from the Second Popular Culture Notebook that you used in your adult literacy campaign in São Tome and Príncipe. You quote “The Act of Studying,” stating: A text to be read is a text to be studied. A text to be studied is a text to be interpreted. We cannot interpret a text if we read it without paying attention, without curiosity; if we stop reading at the first difficulty.…If a text is difficult, you insist on understanding it.…To study demands discipline. To study is not easy, because to study is to create and re-create and not to repeat what others say. To study is a revolutionary duty. No single passage has more profoundly impacted how I instruct my students about the importance of study. I have posted it in my classroom, and I often reference it when students wonder why I am so demanding. I am so heavily affected by this passage because it transformed the way that I thought about studying for myself. I had never thought of study as a revolutionary act. Before reading your book, study was a means to an end. Studying was a burden, something I had to suffer through to get a degree or to access opportunities and places to which people from my family had never been invited. To a large degree, this was the promise I gave...

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