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Social Reconstructionism

EDU 202-1002 Midterm Media Presentation
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Ryan Emord

on 20 October 2012

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Transcript of Social Reconstructionism

Ryan Emord Social
Reconstructionism Major Thinkers: Foundations The role of educators Basic Tenets How does this actually work? Practical Portrayal Do you want to be a factor in changing social inequalities? Personal Adherence
Assessment George C. Counts
John Brameld
Paulo Freire A leading spokesperson for social reconstructionism who dared teachers and educators to build a new social order George S. Counts John Brameld Believed that education's role is to transmit and modify culture. Paulo Freire A Brazilian educator and influential theorist who thought that schools should be a place where people can acquire skills to regain control of their lives and take them out of poverty. Biographic Information Although originated prior to the 1930s, social reconstructionism experienced its greatest expansion during the Great Depression as a result of many facing hardships, and trying to find a solution to the problem. Supporters of social reconstructionism felt that schools could be a starting point to fix the social inequalities the nation faced, though understood that it would have to extend beyond the classroom and would require interaction and cooperation with the community. Philosophical Information Ideologists Methodologists Focused on the theories of the movement. Focused on the means of achieving social reconstruction. Social Reconstructionists Focused on improving social inequalities and reconstructing society into a just social order. The role of students The role of the community The End. Social reconstructionism promotes teachers to not tell students what is right or wrong in society, but instead to guide students by exploring social issues, presenting alternative viewpoints, and facilitating student analysis of the issues. not only analyze the social inequalities that surround Social reconstructionism promotes students to them in society, but to actually take actions that can help right them. Social reconstructionism promotes the community to have an active involvement in education. As social reconstructionists acknowledge, social change cannot only come from the classroom. Instead, the community must provide both the resources and support for goals to be accomplished in order to have a equal, democratic culture for all people. Though a range of issues can be addressed by social reconstructionism, such as racism, sexism, substance abuse and violence, one example focuses on improving the conditions of a school. Ms. Kristel James applied the philosophy of social reconstructionism to her classroom in Harriet Tubman High School in order to help her students fulfill their wish of improving their school. Ms. James helped her students in analyzing the problem, making an action plan, implementing the plan, and evaluating the results. Her students then took it upon themselves to complete a range of activities, such as analyzing statistics, reviewing articles, and talking with school administration. Also, with the help of Ms. James, they contacted their local and state representatives and community members to help them achieve their goal. As a result, her students not only improved the school, but also had a vast improvement in their attendance, high-order thinking skills, and grades. Example Do you want to help students experience a democratic culture? Do you think schools can be a basis where students, educators, and the community can come together to work to create a positive change? If you answered yes to these questions, then social reconstructionism is the philosophy for you!
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