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.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2008. XX, 280 pp.
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.