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In Search of Understanding: The Case for Constructivist Classrooms

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This text builds a case for the development of classrooms where students construct deep understandings of important concepts. The book presents new images for educational settings: student engagement, interaction, reflection, and construction.
Paperback, 136 pages
Published January 8th 2001 by Pearson (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
Mark Valentine
Mar 18, 2016 Mark Valentine rated it it was amazing
What I like most about this short, useful book, about this accessible, practical guide to constructivist teaching, about this handy guide, what I like most about this book is that it lays a foundation for much of the work that we are attempting to achieve with our curricular efforts using Understanding by Design. Written prior to Wiggins and McTieghe's works, The Case for Constructivist Classrooms supplies an epistemological background that places the UbD work into a workable context.
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Lawrence Linnen
Aug 07, 2012 Lawrence Linnen rated it it was amazing
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
May 30, 2014 Brittney rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 02, 2016 Dodie rated it really liked it
Great book, and really fits with creating UbD units and having a technology fused classroom.
Aug 01, 2008 Kenneth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all teachers and students
Shelves: education
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
Oct 06, 2013 K Flewelling rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 14, 2012 Laurie rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 26, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
Very useful for my music-theory pedagogy paper :)
Sep 06, 2014 Brendan rated it did not like it
Good ideas but really boring.
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