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ERIC Number: ED434122
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 64
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The Constructivist Teaching Inventory: A New Instrument for Assessing Constructivist Teaching Practices in the Elementary Grades.
Greer, Margaret A.; Hudson, Lynne M.; Wiersma, William
An instrument to evaluate the effectiveness of constructivist teaching methods, the Constructivist Teaching Inventory (CTI), was developed and assessed, the assessment focusing on the validity and reliability of the instrument. A pool of items measuring the presence of identified elements of constructivist teaching was developed; items were grouped into four subscales representing teaching strategies, verbal interaction in the community of learners, learning activities, and curriculum. The classes of 10 primary school teachers in a large urban school district were studied. Results suggest that the CTI was able to identify the extent of constructivist teaching effectively and that the variability associated with teacher, content, and grade level, supports the validity of the instrument and the construct it measures. The reliability of a self-report form of the instrument was also investigated with the same teachers, and data suggest that the self-report form may be appropriate for use in professional development activities. Appendixes contain the observer form for the CTI and the self-report measure. (Contains 3 tables and 20 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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