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What is constructivism?
How does this theory differ from traditional ideas about teaching and learning?
What does constructivism have to do with my classroom?
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What is the history of constructivism, and how has it changed over time?
What are some critical perspectives?
What are the benefits of constructivism?

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Interview with Jacqueline Grennon Brooks

In the following video clips, Jacqueline Grennon Brooks, an educational theorist, constructivism advocate, and this workshop's content expert, answers questions about constructivism.

Jackie Brooks

.Concept to Classroom: You have said that constructivism is a "life view." Would you explain that?




Concept to Classroom: What do you mean by "construct understandings"?


. Concept to Classroom: So, where and how can a teacher begin?


. Concept to Classroom: People often have difficulty grasping the concept of constructivism. Why is that? Is it because it is so abstract? Is it because it has been misrepresented? Can you give us a simple explanation?


.Concept to Classroom: Do you think the interest in constructivism is primarily American-based?


. Concept to Classroom: How does constructivist teaching differ from the traditional approach?


. Concept to Classroom: Have you found the recent information and computer explosion and the mandate to connect each classroom to the Internet promising for constructivist learning situations?


. Concept to Classroom: What other things ought to happen to bring the promise of technology to constructivism?


.Concept to Classroom: What are the implications of constructivism for the school administrator?


.Concept to Classroom: What are the implications of constructivism for the child's parents, guardians, and community?


.Concept to Classroom: Test scores are often the basis by which community members judge schools and schools receive state funding. What do you think of test scores as a way to evaluate performance?


.Concept to Classroom: Would you like to add anything?





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