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Educational Psychology

An Application of Critical Constructivism

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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.