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Constructivist Instruction

Constructivist Instruction

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Published by: Thomas Van Deventer on Oct 27, 2010
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Constructivist Instruction
Constructivist Instruction: Success or Failure? 
brings together leading thinkersrom 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
•theevidenceforandagainstconstructivism;thechallengesfrominformation-processingtheorists;and•commentariesfromleadingresearchersinareassuchastextcomprehension,
technology, as well as math and science education, who discuss the construc
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tivist ramework rom their perspectives.Chapters present detailed views rom both sides o the controversy. A distinctiveeature o the book is the dialogue built into it between the dierent positions.Each chapter concludes with discussions in which authors with opposing viewsraise questions about the chapter, ollowed by the author(s)’ responses to those
questions;forsomechaptersthereareseveralcyclesofquestionsandanswers.
These discussions, and concluding chapters by the editors, clariy, and occasion
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ally narrow the dierences between positions and identiy needed research.
Sigmund Tobias
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 Centeror Research on Learning and Technology.

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