Subjectivist psychology: An affective-constructivist pedagogy
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EDRS No: ED451179. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychology Association (79th, Irvine, CA, April 29-May 2, 1999).
Describes subjectivist psychology, discussing its use for guiding teaching and learning. Subjectivist psychology focuses on joint cognitive and affective experiences of learning and describes the natural affective-cognitive enculturation processes that children experience in learning the skills, understandings, and values of their society. These affect-laden processes of enculturation are transplanted to the constructivist classroom where they become the teaching techniques of the subjectivist teacher. Focuses on constructivism as a cognitivist theory of knowledge, on affective multipliers of learning, on subjectivism, enculturation and empowerment (the two aims of subjectivism) and design of surface purpose activities. Three affective-structuring techniques used to design surface purposes (the emotional anchor, the motivator, and the cognitive direction) are described and the paper illustrates the main principles of subjectivist psychology by reported examples of subjectivist teaching in a 7th-grade mathematics class. Two surface purpose activities are presented to illustrate applications of subjectivism, both of which teach aspects of circles. The first activity is to revise the names of parts of a circle. The second activity is to appreciate the curvatures of circles.....