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ERIC Number: ED383557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
A Constructivist Vision for Teaching, Learning, and Staff Development.
Stein, Mary; And Others
This document describes some of the prominent beliefs about how students construct knowledge. These beliefs are guiding principles that teachers can use to implement instructional strategies that facilitate learning. Instructional examples in mathematics and science follow each principle to help the reader envision how the principle promotes student learning. A list of teacher actions that support each principle follows the classroom examples. The description of each principle concludes with implications for staff development. The principles are: (1) each student must actively construct his/her own meaning in order to understand the material being learned; (2) learning depends on the previous understandings that students bring to the learning situation; (3) what, and how much, is learned depends on the context in which it is learned; (4) what is learned depends on the shared understandings that students negotiate with the teacher and with each other; (5) constructivist teaching involves meeting students "where they are" and helping them move to higher levels of knowledge and understanding; (6) teachers can use specific teaching methods to facilitate student's active construction of knowledge; (7) in constructivist teaching, the teacher emphasizes "learning-how-to-learn"; (8) the constructivist teacher uses continuous assessment to facilitate learning; and (9) constructivist teachers are themselves constructivist learners. Contains 38 references. (LZ)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A