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The construction zone : working for cognitive change in school / Denis Newman, Peg Griffin, Michael Cole; colab. Shelia Broyles, Andrea L. Petitto, Marilyn G. Quinsaat

Main Author Newman, Denis Coauthor Griffin, Peg
Cole, Michael, 1938-
Secondary Author Broyles, Shelia
Petitto, Andrea L.
Quinsaat, Marilyn G.
Country Reino Unido. Publication Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1989 Description XV, 169 p. ; 23 cm ISBN 0-521-36266-0 CDU 37.015.3 373.3
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Series foreword (p. vii)
  • Foreword (p. ix)
  • Acknowledgments (p. xv)
  • 1 Introduction (p. 1)
  • 2 Building tasks into curriculum units (p. 17)
  • 3 Making goals happen (p. 32)
  • 4 Basic concepts for discussing cognitive change (p. 59)
  • 5 Assessment versus teaching (p. 76)
  • 6 Social mediation goes into cognitive change (p. 90)
  • 7 How the West has won (p. 114)
  • 8 Conclusions for a cognitive science of education (p. 134)
  • References (p. 157)
  • Author index (p. 165)
  • Subject index (p. 167)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Denis Newman is a senior scientist at BBN Laboratories in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Peg Griffin and Michael Cole are professors at the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition at the University of California, San Diego

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