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ERIC Number: EJ852364
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0737-5328
Constructivism in the Classroom: Epistemology, History, and Empirical Evidence
Matthews, William J.
Teacher Education Quarterly, v30 n3 p51-64 Sum 2003
Over the previous two decades the emergence of post-modernist thought (i.e., radical constructivism, social constructivism, deconstructivism, post-structuralism, and the like) on the American intellectual landscape has presented a number of challenges to various fields of intellectual endeavor (i.e., literature, natural science, and social science). Nowhere is this challenge more evident and therefore more problematic than in the application of post-modernism (in the form of constructivist teaching) to the classroom. Employing constructivist teaching practices is problematic at two levels: (1) there is an absence of empirical evidence of effectiveness; and (2) employing this approach for which there is a lack of evidential support, means not employing instructional practices for which there "is" empirical support. This article presents an overview and critique of constructivist teaching practices, followed by a brief review of evidenced-based practices in teaching. (Contains 1 note.)
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Language: English
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