ERIC Number: EJ783610
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Reference Count: 13
Using Constructivist Theories to Educate the "Outsiders"
Marcum-Dietrich, Nanette I.
Journal of Latinos and Education, v7 n1 p79-87 Jan 2008
Some students are "outsiders" in today's science classroom. What makes an outsider, and how can the teacher break down barriers and reach these students? This article details one teacher's journey as she attempts to understand and connect with an outsider in her science classroom. Written from the first person, it is a poignant tale of self-reflection, a tale that incorporates current educational theory in an attempt to make the border crossing into the science classroom easier for one disconnected student.
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Science Instruction, Student Diversity, Teacher Student Relationship, Hispanic American Students, Classroom Environment, High School Students, Chemistry, Secondary School Science, Feminism, Cultural Pluralism, Academically Gifted, Teacher Expectations of Students
Lawrence Erlbaum. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/default.html
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A