Brill's Encyclopedia of Critical Understanding in Education

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Series Editors: William M. Reynolds and Brad Porfilio

Comprising 2000 entries, Brill’s Encyclopedia of Critical Understanding in Education is a fully searchable database presenting comprehensive and accurate portraits of the various disciplines related to critical thinking and understanding in Educational Research. What readers will encounter in this database is what the various fields are saying, and have been saying during their various histories. Designed to open up conversations among current established scholars and future, next generation scholars nationally and internationally, these complicated conversations further expand the various fields and lead to possibilities for praxis. Praxis emphasizes the increase of critical knowledge and understandings both for self-development and social reconstruction. There is a uniqueness in Critical Understanding in Education in the commitment to the focus on the historical development and comprehensive critical presentation of a particular discipline.

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Abolitionist Teaching

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Author(s): Penn, Jenell Igeleke
1 Introduction Drawing on the lineage of abolitionist thinkers and organizers who worked to dismantle the system of chattel slavery in North America, abolitionist teaching refers to teaching at the inte…


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I’d like to acknowledge the support of the DePauw University Faculty Development Program, which provided three students and me with the funding to carry this project out. I’d also like to give a warm …


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All edited works are the result of a collective endeavour, and this encyclopaedia is the epitome since it is the fruit of the labour of 51 authors spanning 14 countries in 5 continents. I thank the in…


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We wish to thank those who helped make this volume a reality. Thank you to Bill Reynolds and Brad Porfilio for initiating the idea and your support in preparing the proposal. Thank you to Payton Hoove…


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This project would not have been possible without the contributions of many scholars, thinkers, writers, and pedagogues. It has been my pleasure and privilege to compile the work of so many brilliant …


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Surviving a pandemic is one of the toughest experiences our generation has endured. Writing during a pandemic with all the life challenges, complications, and losses was extremely challenging to say t…

Adolescent Literacy

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Author(s): Petrone, Robert
Keywordsadolescent literacy – youth literacy practices Related EntriesStorytelling – Youth The term “adolescent literacy” can be understood broadly as inquiry into the literacy practices of young people: What l…


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Author(s): Zoss Michelle
Keywordsperception – text Related EntriesArts in English Language Arts – Visual Arts in English Language Arts What is aesthetics? For some people, aesthetics is a term used to describe beauty and taste, or the overal…


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Author(s): Helmsing, Mark E.
1 Defining Affect Affect refers to invisible forces that humans encounter and perceive but cannot easily be represented, measured, observed, or explained. Affects are challenging to define and pinpoint b…

Affirmative Action

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Author(s): Bradley, Dwuana
Related Entries: Black Americans and Whiteness; Colorblindness; Jim Crow; Whiteness and Higher Education … President John F. Kennedy coined the phrase “affirmative action” in a U.S. executive order in 1961 where he…