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In Search of Understanding by Jacqueline Grennon Brooks
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Aug 07, 2012

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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 need not be assessed in isolation, but in conjunction with the teacher, and both learn as a result of assessment. The authors offer some suggestions on creating constructivist settings, such as encouraging inquiry by asking thoughtful, open-ended questions and encouraging students to ask questions of each other. Constructivist teachers, they state, seek elaboration of students' initial responses.
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