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ERIC Number: EJ799048
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0742-051X
Teaching and Learning Cycles in a Constructivist Approach to Instruction
Singer, Florence Mihaela; Moscovici, Hedy
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v24 n6 p1613-1634 Aug 2008
This study attempts to analyze and synthesize the knowledge collected in the area of conceptual models used in teaching and learning during inquiry-based projects, and to propose a new frame for organizing the classroom interactions within a constructivist approach. The IMSTRA model consists in three general phases: Immersion, Structuring, Applying, each with two sub-phases that highlight specific roles for the teacher and the students. Two case studies, one for mathematics in grade 9 and another for science in grade 3, show how the model can be implemented in school, making inquiry realistic in regular classes. Beyond its initial purpose, the IMSTRA model proved to be a powerful tool in curriculum development, being used in producing mathematics textbooks, as well as in developing teaching courses for a long-distance teacher-training program. (Contains 4 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 3; Grade 9
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Language: English
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