ERIC Number: ED434871
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
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Human Relationships That Nurture and Advance the Construction of Knowledge.
Herman, William E.; Gwaltney, Thomas M.
This paper reviews the historical antecedents and theoretical foundation for a constructivist approach to teaching and learning. One neglected characteristic of constructivism apparent in the professional literature is the need to better understand that human relationships in the classroom are often pivotal in helping students construct knowledge. This paper employs the crucial connection between humanistic psychology (counseling and psychotherapy) and cognitive psychology (construction of knowledge) as the theoretical and research foundation to highlight how constructivism relies upon mentally healthy relationships in the classroom. Key elements of the change process and human interaction inherent in a constructivist perspective are provided with the hope of further advancing the judicious implementation of such ideas. (Contains 15 references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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