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Educational Psychology

An Application of Critical Constructivism


Greg S. Goodman

Critical constructivist pedagogy considers social justice and the freedom of students to learn as the most important aspects of the teacher’s work in the classroom. Educational Psychology: An Application of Critical Constructivism is a clarion call for pre-service teachers to identify their students’ needs and apply critical constructivist pedagogy to facilitate their learning. Collectively, these essays emphasize the need for pre-service teachers to consider their role as fundamental to the development of their students’ leadership, and awareness of social justice and equality in education as critical for a healthier and saner world.
Contents: Jeff Duncan-Andrade: Developing Social Justice Educators: How Can The Subject Tell the Truth about Itself? – Greg S. Goodman: Coming to a Critical Constructivism: Roots and Branches – Greg S. Goodman: Critical Thinking: How Good Questions Affect Classrooms – Floyd Beachum/Carlos McCray: Dealing with Cultural Collision in Urban Schools: What Pre-Service Educators Should Know – Joanne Washington: Communication, Culture, and Media Influence in the Classroom – Tamar Jacobson: Teacher and Family Relationships – Jeff Duncan-Andrade: Your Best Friend or Your Worst Enemy: Youth Popular Culture, Pedagogy, and Curriculum in Urban Classrooms – Suzanne Gallagher/Greg S. Goodman: Classroom Community Culture for Learning – Patricia Kolencik: Affective and Motivational Factors For Learning and Achievement – Binbin Jiang: English Language Learners: Understanding Their Needs – Karen T. Carey: Paying Attention and Assessing Achievement: Positive Applications for the Classroom – Suzanne Gallagher: Challenging the Dominant Discourse.