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ERIC Number: ED478753
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Pages: 34
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Cultural Psychology and the Learning of History: The Problem of Ecological Validity.
Cockbill, Thomas
This paper is a conceptual analysis that examines some of the main features of cultural psychology and its attendant methodological requirement of ecological validity as they apply to student learning of history. The paper abstracts an ideal type of ecological validity from several versions of the requirement in the literature and applies it to three recent prescriptions for the learning of history. It makes an effort to evaluate the successes of those applications from the standpoint of ecological validity, with particular reference to standardized tests such as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), pedagogical approaches to history, and a number of theories about how students best learn history. The paper concludes with tentative implications for the theme of accountability in educational research based on conclusions reached about the worth of ecological validity as a methodological requirement. (Contains 33 references.) (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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