Constructivist Instruction: Success or Failure?
brings together leading thinkersrom both sides o the hotly debated controversy about constructivist approachesto instruction. Although constructivist theories and practice now dominate thefelds o the learning sciences, instructional technology, curriculum and teaching,and educational psychology, they have also been the subject o sharp criticismregarding sparse research support and adverse research fndings. This volumepresents
technology, as well as math and science education, who discuss the construc
tivist ramework rom their perspectives.Chapters present detailed views rom both sides o the controversy. A distinctiveeature o the book is the dialogue built into it between the dierent positions.Each chapter concludes with discussions in which authors with opposing viewsraise questions about the chapter, ollowed by the author(s)’ responses to those
These discussions, and concluding chapters by the editors, clariy, and occasion
ally narrow the dierences between positions and identiy needed research.
is Distinguished Research Scientist, Institute or Urban andMinority Education, Teachers College, Columbia University.
Thomas M. Duffy
is the Barbara Jacobs Chair o Education and Technology atIndiana University, Bloomington, where he was ounding director o the Centeror Research on Learning and Technology.