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In Search of Understanding: The Case for Constructivist Classrooms

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  77 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The activities that transpire within the classroom either help or hinder students' learning. Any meaningful discussion of educational renewal, therefore, must focus explicitly and directly on the classroom, and on the teaching and learning that occur within it. This book presents a case for the development of classrooms in which students are encouraged to construct deep un ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (first published October 1993)
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Schuyler1d Schuyler
I got curious about education literature, and this was recommended. It is a polemic rather than even a review of research, but still includes some compelling examples of classroom interactions.

The book is part of the tired attack on 'traditional learning'--you can't pour knowledge into a student, but instead we should allegedly devote most class time to student self-discovery and avoid content where there are wrong answers. Gaining perspective on what students believe and know is surely valuable
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Lawrence Linnen
This book presents a case for the development of classrooms in which students are encouraged to construct deep understanding of important concepts. The authors present guiding principles of constructivism, such as posing problems of emerging relevance to students, structuring learning around primary concepts, seeking and valuing students' viewpoints, adapting curriculum to address students' suppositions, and assessing student learning in the context of teaching. The authors suggest the student n ...more
Brittney
It's a little tough to get through and doesn't have precise examples to help you in your classroom, focusing mainly on WHY you should create constructivist classrooms, but the ideas are sound and occasionally there are some points that really make you think.
Kenneth
Aug 01, 2008 Kenneth rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all teachers and students
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I learned a lot about how and why our schools need to foster a constructivist curriculum. What seemed daunting in theory and frightening in its raw form in the field, now seems plausible. (plausible to anyone willing to really put the effort forth that is).
K Flewelling
This is a clear, succinct explanation of constructivist pedagogy for classroom teachers. It is well-referenced, includes plenty of concrete examples for teachers wishing to stretch the limits of their approach to their students and their projects.
Lori Michael
Whether you go traditional or alternate route for becoming a teacher, this is an excellent read for creating a well-developed classroom full of activities and guides for special-needs students. A highly progressive book for any teacher.
Monica
Written very well in a simplistic tone. It gives a valid case for constructivist classrooms. How much can be applied cor Indian context...not sure. Individual teachers will find ideas worth exploring and experimenting with.
Laurie
One of the best books for developing inquiry-based classroom settings in higher education. Particularly good for engagement, interactive learning communities and reflective practice. Highly recommended.
Kelly
Very useful for my music-theory pedagogy paper :)
Brendan
Good ideas but really boring.
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