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.
The Editor: Greg S. Goodman is Assistant Professor in the School of Education and Human Services at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. His career has included working as a school psychologist, school counselor, alternative education teacher, and outdoor education instructor. His most recent books include The Outdoor Classroom, Ubiquitous Assessment, Critical Multicultural Conversations, and Alternatives in Education.
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.