ERIC Number: ED421473
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
The Pedagogical, Cultural, and Political Challenges of Creating a Constructivist Classroom.
This article suggests that it is important to examine how constructivism-in-practice can flourish or flounder according to a variety of influences, noting the importance of outlining the challenges teachers face in understanding and implementing constructivism in classrooms. The article characterizes four major challenges faced by teachers in understanding, developing, and implementing instruction informed by constructivist principles. These challenges are as follows: (1) dealing with the complexity of constructivism as a philosophy, (2) preparing for the subject matter understanding and special pedagogical expertise that constructivist instruction demands, (3) re-envisioning the culture of the classroom, and (4) facing political challenges that arise when implementing constructivist instruction in school settings. The article suggests that articulating the challenges is a significant step in helping educators create and sustain a classroom culture that values diversity in learning and offers a new vision of the roles of teachers and learners. (Contains 37 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Structures, Constructivism (Learning), Developmental Psychology, Elementary Secondary Education, Politics of Education, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Responsibility, Teacher Student Relationship, Teachers, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Congress on Personal Construct Psychology (12th, Seattle, WA, July 9-11, 1997).