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Power and Privilege in the Learning Sciences
Critical and Sociocultural Theories of Learning

ISBN 9781138922631
Published December 13, 2016 by Routledge
200 Pages

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Book Description

Although power and privilege are embedded in all learning environments, the learning sciences is dominated by individual cognitive theories of learning that cannot expose the workings of power. Power and Privilege in the Learning Sciences: Critical and Sociocultural Theories of Learning addresses the ways in which research on human learning can acknowledge the influence of differential access to power on the organization of learning in particular settings. Written by established and emerging scholars in the learning sciences and related fields, the chapters in this volume introduce connections to critical and poststructural race theories, critical disability studies, queer theory, settler-colonial theory, and critical pedagogy as tools for analyzing dimensions of learning environments and normativity. A vital resource for students and researchers in the fields of learning sciences, curriculum studies, educational psychology, and beyond, this book introduces key literature, adapts theory for application in education, and highlights areas of research and teaching that can benefit from critical theoretical methods.

Table of Contents

Table of contents

Foreword. Critical learning opportunities for the learning sciences

Carol D. Lee


List of Contributors

Chapter 1. Introduction

Indigo Esmonde and Angela N. Booker

Chapter 2. Power and sociocultural theories of learning

Indigo Esmonde

Chapter 3. Interfaces between critical race theory and sociocultural perspectives

Eileen R. Carlton Parsons

Chapter 4. Learning discourses of race and mathematics in classroom interaction: A poststructural perspective

Niral Shah

Zeus Leonardo

Chapter 5. On the complementarity of cultural historical psychology and contemporary disability studies

Peter Smagorinsky

Michael Cole

Lúcia Willadino Braga

Chapter 6. Queer theory in the learning sciences

Jacob McWilliams

William R. Penuel

Chapter 7. Towards an ethic of decolonial trans-ontologies in sociocultural theories of learning and development

Megan Bang

Chapter 8. Critical pedagogy and sociocultural theory

Shirin Vossoughi

Kris D. Gutiérrez

Chapter 9. Toward critical sociocultural theories of learning

Indigo Esmonde

Angela N. Booker


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Indigo Esmonde is Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Angela N. Booker is Assistant Professor of Communication and faculty with the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition (LCHC) at University of California, San Diego, USA.


"In this groundbreaking volume, Esmonde and Booker carve out new theoretical territory in elaborating tools to make explicit the significance of power and privilege in learning spaces. Yet this volume is not simply an intellectual or theoretical exercise. The book goes right to the heart of the responsibility of learning scientists and educators to create new activity systems that include and empower rather than exclude and marginalize. They have redefined the cutting-edge of research on learning sciences and equity."

--Na’ilah Suad Nasir, Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley, USA