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ERIC Number: ED442547
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 17
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Teachers' Perspectives on Constructivist Teaching and Learning.
Dharmadasa, Indranie
This study sought to answer three questions: (1) How do teachers perceive constructivist teaching and learning? (2) What are their perspectives after implementation of a constructivist curriculum? and (3) What are the problems pertaining to a transition to constructivist teaching and learning? The study analyzed the views of six third-grade teachers in six elementary schools in a Southeastern state prior to a proposed implementation of a constructivist curriculum, along with the views of the two teachers who implemented the constructivist science curriculum in their classrooms. Informal interviews prior to implementation indicated that teachers viewed a constructivist approach to teaching as a challenge and a concept that is difficult to grasp in a short period of time. They considered it an additional burden that they were unable to handle and were concerned about its effect on classroom discipline. The two teachers who did implement the constructivist approach were supportive of the curriculum but were not confident about providing appropriate materials, promoting experimentation, and initiating children's construction of knowledge. (Contains 22 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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