In Search of Understanding: The Case for Constructivist Classrooms

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ASCD, Jan 1, 1999 - Education - 136 pages
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The activities that transpire within the classroom either help or hinder students' learning. Any meaningful discussion of educational renewal, therefore, must focus explicitly and directly on the classroom, and on the teaching and learning that occur within it. This book presents a case for the development of classrooms in which students are encouraged to construct deep understandings of important concepts. Jacqueline Grennon Brooks and Martin Brooks present a new set of images for educational settings, images that emerge from student engagement, interaction, reflection, and construction. They have considerable experience in creating constructivist educational settings and conducting research on those settings. Authentic examples are provided throughout the book, as are suggestions for administrators, teachers, and policymakers. For the new edition of their popular book, the authors have written an introduction that places their work in today's educational renewal setting. Today, they urge, the case for constructivist classrooms is much stronger and the need more critical.
  

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Review: In Search of Understanding: The Case for Constructivist Classrooms

User Review  - Brittney - Goodreads

It's a little tough to get through and doesn't have precise examples to help you in your classroom, focusing mainly on WHY you should create constructivist classrooms, but the ideas are sound and occasionally there are some points that really make you think. Read full review

Review: In Search of Understanding: The Case for Constructivist Classrooms

User Review  - K Flewelling - Goodreads

This is a clear, succinct explanation of constructivist pedagogy for classroom teachers. It is well-referenced, includes plenty of concrete examples for teachers wishing to stretch the limits of their approach to their students and their projects. Read full review

Contents

Some Guiding Principles of Constructivism
33
The Quest for Essence
46
Suppositions
69
Assessing Student Learning in the Context
85
Creating Constructivist Settings
99
Pursuing Meaningful Victories
119
Bibliography
128
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