ERIC Number: ED436391
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Teaching Science Constructively: Examining Teacher's Issues When Teaching Science.
This paper examines teachers' perceptions and attitudes concerning science as well as their methods of instruction. The paper reviews the literature concerning constructivism, which is the belief that people come to know the world through mental activity that organizes and transforms their perceptions. Constructivism is the notion that people build their own knowledge and their own representations of knowledge from their own experience. These perspectives are grounded in the cognitive and developmental perspectives of Piaget, the interactual and cultural emphases of Vygotsky, as well as the educational philosophy of John Dewey. The essay argues that teachers must allow students to learn for themselves that which the teacher already knows. Through a survey of teachers, the researcher found that most teachers view constructivist learning as the best method for teaching science. Most of these teachers believe that they are prevented from using this learning style by a combination of mandated district curriculums, inadequate or lack of equipment, and lack of experience and scheduled time. (Contains 11 references.) (CCM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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