Construction Zone Working for Cognitive Change in School

ISBN-10: 0521389429

ISBN-13: 9780521389426

Edition: 1989

Authors: Denis Newman, Peg Griffin, Michael Cole, John Seely Brown, Christian Heath

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This study addresses the process of developmental change as it occurs in the course of classroom lessons. The book aims to answer such questions as what forms of teacher-student interaction are most effective for producing developmental transformations in children's understanding. It also addresses why knowledge derived from psychological experiments on children's learning and development so often seems irrelevant to classroom teachers and how it is possible to reconcile Piaget's emphasis on the central role of independent intervention and constructive activity with learning theorists' emphasis on environmental feedback as the motive force of change. Assuming that intellectual development occurs in the "construction zone," a shared space encompassing the joint constructive efforts of teachers and students, the authors provide innovative answers to these and related questions. The questions are illustrated with detailed analyses of specially constructed lessons in the instructional areas of natural science, social studies, and mathematics.
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Book details

List price: $48.99
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/28/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 188
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

John Seely Brown is Former Chief Scientist, Xerox Corp and former director of its Palo AltoResearch Center (PARC), and co-author of The Social Life of Information.

Series foreword
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Building tasks into curriculum units
Making goals happen
Basic concepts for discussing cognitive change
Assessment versus teaching
Social mediation goes into cognitive change
How the West has won
Conclusions for a cognitive science of education
References
Author index
Subject index
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