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The Construction Zone : Working for Cognitive Change in School - Denis Newman

The Construction Zone

Working for Cognitive Change in School

Paperback Published: 11th December 1989
ISBN: 9780521389426
Number Of Pages: 188

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This study addresses the process of developmental change as it occurs in the course of classroom lessons. The book aims to answer such questions as what forms of teacher-student interaction are most effective for producing developmental transformations in children's understanding. It also addresses why knowledge derived from psychological experiments on children's learning and development so often seems irrelevant to classroom teachers and how it is possible to reconcile Piaget's emphasis on the central role of independent intervention and constructive activity with learning theorists' emphasis on environmental feedback as the motive force of change. Assuming that intellectual development occurs in the "construction zone," a shared space encompassing the joint constructive efforts of teachers and students, the authors provide innovative answers to these and related questions. The questions are illustrated with detailed analyses of specially constructed lessons in the instructional areas of natural science, social studies, and mathematics.

Series forewordp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Building tasks into curriculum unitsp. 17
Making goals happenp. 32
Basic concepts for discussing cognitive changep. 59
Assessment versus teachingp. 76
Social mediation goes into cognitive changep. 90
How the West has wonp. 114
Conclusions for a cognitive science of educationp. 134
Referencesp. 157
Author indexp. 165
Subject indexp. 167
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ISBN: 9780521389426
ISBN-10: 0521389429
Series: Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive, and Computational Perspectives (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 188
Published: 11th December 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 16.92  x 1.35
Weight (kg): 0.31