In Search of Understanding: The Case for Constructivist Classrooms

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871203588
  • Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 188,982
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.

I. THE CALL FOR CONSTRUCTIVISM.

1. Honoring the Learning Process.
2. Considering the Possibilities.
3. Coming to Know One's World.

II. SOME GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF CONSTRUCTIVISM.

4. Posing Problems of Emerging Relevance to Students.
5. Structuring Learning around Primary Concepts: The Quest for Essence.
6. Seeking and Valuing Students' Points of View.
7. Adapting Curriculum to Address Students' Suppositions.
8. Assessing Student Learning in the Context of Teaching.

III. CREATING CONSTRUCTIVIST SETTINGS.

9. Becoming a Constructivist Teacher.
10. Pursuing Meaningful Victories.
Bibliography.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2004

    A Poor Case for Constructivist Classrooms

    The authors demonstrated little understanding of constructivism except for the use of highbrow terminology when attempting to describe the concept. The book is an indictment of current teaching predicated on the author's notions of the state of today's education paradigm. No statistical or empirical evidence is presented, but the book is replete with unsubstantiated opinion and citing of experts whom they on many occasions contradict. If you have to buy the book, translate it into english and ask yourself what the true message of the authors is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2004

    Delightful book

    I found this book entirely by accident as I was preparing a university course on the Political Economy of Education. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. Except for eating and sleeping I read it through in a little over a day. Unlike the previous reviewer I found it easy to read and inspiring. Partly this was undoubtedly because I found many of my own views affirmed in the text, both with respect to the critique of the way the usual classroom operates ('one mouth, many ears and half as many hands') and with respect to the way teaching should be subordinated to learning. I also liked the examples given, even though they are generally taken from classrooms of children much younger than those I work with. Reading the book had an immediate impact on how I have organized my new course: as a seminar with students graded on class participation, research, and compiled dossiers of things they have written about the materials we have read, analyzed and discussed. To date (after about a month) the course is going extremely well with lots of lively discussion and enthusiastic student input.

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