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Constructivism and Education - Marie Larochelle

Constructivism and Education

By: Marie Larochelle (Editor), Nadine Bednarz (Editor), Jim Garrison (Editor)

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Published: 13th August 1998
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This international and interdisciplinary collection of chapters presents and discusses the many issues and educational practices that are touched on by constructivism. Drawing on perspectives from a range of different fields (ethics, mathematics education, philosophy, social psychology, science education, social studies), this book invites us to reposition ourselves in relation to the major currents that have influenced education in this century, namely pragmatism, genetic epistemology, and social interactionism. The essays call for new reflection on the questions that are central to the project of education and that, in particular, involve the validity of knowledge and types of knowledge, the compartmentalization of school subjects, the mediating role of teachers, and, above all, the ends of education. In so doing, this book relaunches the discussion on constructivism's potential for the social empowerment of groups and individuals.

"Marie Larochelle, Nadine Bednarz and Jim Garrison well deserve praise in acting as editors of the stimulating set of fifteen papers in Constructivism and education. These contributions show with some clarity that education can and does have an intellectual rationale in the epistemology of constructivism." Leslie Smith, Studies in Science Education

Preface
List of contributors
Introduction
Constructivism and education: beyond the epistemological correctness
From Epistemological Constructivism to Teaching: A Variety of Views
Why constructivism must be radical Ernst von Glasersfeld
An epistemology for didactics: speculations on situating a concept
Toward a pragmatic social constructivism
Teaching Within the Constructivist Mode: Practices and Promises
Individual construction, mathematical acculturation, and the classroom community
The construction of answers to insoluble problems
Voice and perspective: hearing epistemological innovation in students' words
Constructivism-in-action: students examine their idea of science
Constructivism and ethical justification
Social studies, trivial constructivism and the politics of social knowledge
Practical knowledge and school knowledge: a constructivist representation of education
The Mediating Role of Teachers and Teacher Education
Sociocultural perspectives on the teaching and learning of science
Remarks on the education of elementary teachers
Constructivism as a referent for reforming science education
Conclusion
Critical-constructivism and the sociopolitical agenda
Notes
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521621359
ISBN-10: 0521621356
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 13th August 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.64