ERIC Number: ED347684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
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Reconceptualizing Learning for Restructured Schools.
Marshall, Hermine H.
Alternative conceptions of classroom learning are explored in this paper, with a focus on challenging current assumptions about learning, teaching, and creating conditions to improve schools. The constructivist view is offered as a different approach to the behaviorist concept of learning and the metaphor of the classroom as a workplace. From a constructivist perspective, learning is viewed as the active construction of knowledge in gradually expanding networks of ideas through interactions with others and materials in the environment. Whether students perceive themselves as "learners" depends on ongoing classroom interactions, which in turn are influenced by teachers' beliefs and the type of educational community support. Rather than modifying structural elements for educational change, a more appropriate starting point is knowledge about the nature of learning and the different ways of learning for various purposes. One table is included. (36 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Constructivist Learning
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).