Constructivist Education in an Age of Accountability

Constructivist Education in an Age of Accountability

by David W. Kritt (Editor)

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Overview


This book contrasts authentic approaches to education with classroom practices based primarily on standards external to the individuals who are supposed to learn. While other books tend to promote either a desperate scramble for meeting standards or determined resistance to neoliberal reforms, this book fills that gap in ways that will inspire practitioners, prospective teachers, and teacher educators. Mandates pay only lip service to constructivist and social constructivist principles while thwarting the value of both students and teachers actively creating understandings. Authors in this book assert the central importance of a range of constructivist approaches to teaching, learning, and thinking, inviting careful reflection on the goals and values of education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319660493
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 01/18/2018
Edition description: 1st ed. 2018
Pages: 351
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

David W. Kritt is Associate Professor of Education at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, USA.

Table of Contents

Section I: Introduction


1. Teaching as if children matter

2. The place for Dewey’s constructivism of intelligent action in the American meritocracy of Thorndike


3. The Confucian concept of learning


Section II: Engaged Learning for Understanding: STEM Education


4. Pedagogic doublethink: Scientific enquiry and the construction of personal knowledge under the English National Curriculum for science

5. The practice turn in learning theory and in science education



6. How constructivism can boost success in STEM fields for women and minorities



Section III: Other Literacies



7. Reconceptualizing accountability: The ethical importance of expanding understandings of literacy and assessment for 21st century learners



8. Where DAP is due: Constructing community across difference with the Dialogue Arts Project



9. A constructing perspective on games in Education


Section IV: Social Studies and Social Life


10. Social studies, Common Core, and the threat to constructivist education


11. Toward a resolution for teacher-student conflict: Crafting spaces of rigorous freedom with classroom debate



12. Activity settings as context for motivation: Reframing classroom motivation as dilemmas within and between activities


13. Expeditionary learning, constructivism, and the emotional risks of open-ended inquiry


Section V: Implications for the future of public education


14. Learning, teaching, and social justice: Eleanor Duckworth’s perspective



15. How documentation of practice contributes to construction and reconstruction of an understanding of learning and teaching



16. Reimagining research and practice in education



17. School learning as compliance or creation

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