Constructivism in Action: Teaching for Learning (Paperback)

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All too frequently we read that employers are singularly unimpressed with the skills set acquired by many pupils leaving formal education. Better problem solving, people skills, teambuilding and independent research skills are needed to survive in the new world of work - perhaps more so than ever, there is pressure on teachers and lecturers to develop autonomous learners.

Constructivism in Action sets out a framework for using constructivist ideas and approaches to achieve just this. It examines why we should focus on the learner, the appropriateness of existing pedagogies for the contemporary learner, and how we can progress from 'deliverer of knowledge' to designer of environments optimised to meet the learning needs of students.

Providing a concise introduction to the characteristics of constructivism that are relevant to teaching and learning it helps teachers and lecturers understand the development of thinking skills, learner autonomy, critical judgement, and working with diversity. Key issues covered include:

Creating a climate of trust and safety

Understanding students and their current knowledge, feelings and values

How constructivist approaches inform curriculum design

The kinds of questions that can encourage learning

Formative, diagnostic and summative assessment and constructivist-informed student course evaluation

Misconceptions and misuses of constructivism

Illustrated throughout with examples of constructivism in action, Constructivism in Action offers practical ideas about how to teach in ways that foster the development of learners suited to contemporary culture. It will be a refreshing and informative guide for all those concerned with improving teaching and learning.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780415609739
ISBN-10: 0415609739
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: December 31st, 2023
Pages: 208
Language: English