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There Is Another Way

Jack Martin and Ann-Marie McLellan

in The Education of Selves

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199913671
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199315949 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199913671.003.0009
There Is Another Way

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This chapter explores the idea of communal agency as a cooperative, coordinated, purposeful interaction of individuals embedded in community, social, and cultural life. A brief account is provided of a growing concern about the educational and social consequences of self-absorption and self-interest. Central to several recent attempts to redirect the work of educational psychologists toward a more sociocultural orientation is the idea of a communal agent—a socially formed yet self-interpreting and self-regulating initiator of his or her own choices and actions in interaction with others. An example of educating for communal agency is given based on the ideas of George Herbert Mead, who emphasized the social nature of education and the critical role of teachers as mediators between student development and social processes.

Keywords: communal agency; sociocultural life; self-interest; self-absorption; student development; social processes; george herbert mead

Chapter.  11250 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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