New PDF release: Constructivist Teacher Education: Building a World of New

By Virginia Richardson

ISBN-10: 0203973682

ISBN-13: 9780203973684

ISBN-10: 0750706155

ISBN-13: 9780750706155

Bringing jointly problems with conception, examine and perform in constructivist instructor schooling, this publication increases the questions and provides solutions as to how does one convince scholars and lecturers to alter their basic ideals and practices approximately educating and studying.

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For the developmentalists, the purpose of education was to ascertain the natural course of development through scientific study and to create a curriculum that supported each individual child. John Dewey (1916), perhaps the most prominent of all American educators, was a member of the Progressive Education Association and a proponent of child-centered pedagogy. Like the developmentalists he advocated that the learning environment be shaped to fit the development of the individual child and that the subject matter be integrated and connected to the students’ lives.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND THE PURPOSE OF EDUCATION 33 Conclusion The debate between advocates of education for individuals and education for social transformation has a long history. In this country the focus of developmental psychology and progressive, child centered pedagogy has historically been on the decontextualized individual who develops through natural and autonomous processes. The analysis in this chapter identifies the need to define the subject of study as the dialectical relationship between the individual and the cultural milieu and, in addition, to fully situate this development in a macrolevel analysis of cultural and historical development and the ways in which it is influenced by politics, power, and privilege.

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