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ERIC Number: ED410214
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 27
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Constructivism and Authentic Pedagogy: State of the Art and Recent Developments in the Dutch National Curriculum in Secondary Education.
Roelofs, Erik; Terwel, Jan
The research question addressed in this paper concerns the degree to which teachers use authentic pedagogy, i.e., teaching strategies that foster authentic learning. Three questionnaires were developed, covering four characteristics of authentic pedagogy: (1) the construction of knowledge in complete task environments; (2) the connection to the students' personal worlds; (3) the value of learning beyond school; and (4) cooperation and communication. In 1994 and 1996 a general questionnaire was administered to 89 teachers at 3 secondary schools. In 1994 half of the first grade students received the mathematics questionnaire (n=442), the remaining half the English questionnaire (n=464). In 1996 first up to third grade received questionnaires (n=1014), half of them on English, half of them on math (n=930). Eighteen teachers of English and math were interviewed on their use of textbooks in the context of authentic pedagogy. The results showed that none of the schools scored highly on the characteristics of authentic pedagogy. Teachers do use examples taken from real life when explaining new subject matter to students, but students' own experiences do not figure as starting points in the lessons. The value of learning beyond school is addressed as far as the textbooks permit. Particularly striking is the difference in perception between teachers and students: the students were far less positive about the degree of displayed authentic pedagogy. The findings indicated that authentic pedagogy demands a big change in the teachers' role, including changes in the use of curricular materials and the development of new teaching strategies embedded in a supporting school organization. Implications for curriculum and classroom practice are suggested. (Contains 62 references.) (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands