ERIC Number: ED366428
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
In Search of Understanding: The Case for Constructivist Classrooms.
Brooks, Jacqueline Grennon; Brooks, Martin G.
This book presents a case for the development of classrooms based on constructivist pedagogy, which seeks to: (1) pose problems of emerging relevance to learners; (2) structure learning around "big ideas" or primary concepts; (3) seek and value students' points of view; (4) adapt curriculum to address students' suppositions; and (5) assess student learning in the context of teaching. Chapters in the first part examine the learning process, contrasting the characteristics of a traditional and constructivist classroom, and defining the constructivist approach. Chapters in the second part discuss some guiding principles of constructivism, including structuring learning around primary concepts and adapting curriculum to address students' suppositions. Chapters in the third part discuss ways to create constructivist settings, noting that to do so educators need to structure preservice and inservice teacher education around constructivist principles and practices, jettison most standardized testing, focus resources more on teachers' professional development than on textbooks and workbooks, eliminate letter and number grades, form school-based study groups focused on human developmental principles, and require annual seminars on teaching and learning for administrators and school board members. Contains approximately 150 references. (MDM)
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Holistic Approach, Learning Theories, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Evaluation, Teacher Education
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1250 North Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Stock No. 611-93148, $13.95).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.