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Just Good Teaching...



It seems that every 3 to 5 years a new idea surfaces in the educational community. The topic has been researched, discussed, and argued in institutions of higher learning; however, when it eventually filters down to the teachers in elementary and high school, there is little time invested in explaining and understanding the new theory - they are told, "Just do it!"  The latest educational buzzword is constructivism. Teachers are being asked to support this philosophy of teaching and learning, and design instruction accordingly. What does this mean? This WebQuest will help you go beyond the basic definition of constructivism: individuals building their own understanding, to a more thorough explanation of the theory and its various aspects. Examples are provided via the 5 E learning cycle. The 5 E model for designing science lessons is just one method of instruction that supports constructivist teaching/learning. After investigating these resources, you can make your own decision as to the value of the constructivist theory.



The BSCS 5E Instructional Model: Origins, Effectiveness, and Applications

--------Rodger W. Bybee, Joseph A. Taylor, April Gardner, Pamela Van Scotter,Janet Carlson Powell,

         Anne Westbrook, and Nancy Landes

This review centers on the BSCS 5E Instructional Model. That model consists of the following phases: engagement, exploration, explanation, elaboration, and evaluation.

Comments (1)

cmfaber said

at 8:26 pm on Jan 28, 2009

Constructivism is a Russian Revolutionary art movement that threw all represntational art out and evolved a totally new nonobjective formalist mode of visual expression. It was tolerated for only a short time until revolution became a dictatorship and Socialist Realism was the only acceptable art form.

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