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ERIC Number: EJ810837
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0887-8730
Constructivism and Education: Misunderstandings and Pedagogical Implications
Hyslop-Margison, Emery J.; Strobel, Johannes
Teacher Educator, v43 n1 p72-86 Jan 2008
Constructivism is a popular concept in contemporary teacher education programs. However, a genuine concern arises with the concept's application because many teachers and teacher educators claim that knowledge is constructed, without appreciating the epistemological and pedagogical implications such a claim entails. This article employs Phillips' (1995) analytic framework that divides the pedagogical applications of constructivism into three distinct categories: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Reviewing the constructivist epistemologies of Dewey and Vygotsky also enables the exploration of how constructivism might inform both our understanding of the impediments students confront when learning new knowledge and our understanding of general constructivist pedagogical practices. The primary objective in this article is to provide teacher educators and teachers with a richer understanding of constructivism--its limitations and its strengths--while offering concrete pedagogical strategies for its classroom application.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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