Towards Constructivist Teaching And Learning

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Towards Constructivist Teaching and Learning

Abstract

Recent developments in South Australia have emphasised the importance of constructivism as a theoretical basis for curriculum development and implementation, and associated school reform, in government schools. This paper reports on some initial insights from a qualitative study investigating ways in which teachers who are committed to a constructivist philosophy construct teaching and learning. The study is a collaborative project between the University of South Australia, The Open University and the South Australian Education Department. It is based around the work of four primary teachers in two schools in South Australia. These teachers have been involved in a South Australian Education Department innovative curriculum redesign project entitled ‘Learning to Learn’. This project promotes a view of teaching and learning that values teaching and learning through: consciousness of who you are and why you do what you do, personal/social relationships and learning as construction. This paper will draw on examples to highlight a number of emerging themes in relation to the learning relationships, conversations and tasks that characterise classroom cultures that are moving towards a constructivist orientation.

Introduction

Recent developments in South Australia have emphasised the importance of constructivism as a theoretical basis for educational improvement in government schools. The new South Australian…
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