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Innovations in Teacher Education: A Social Constructivist Approach


reviewed by Jacqueline Grennon Brooks — September 29, 2006

coverTitle: Innovations in Teacher Education: A Social Constructivist Approach
Author(s): Clive Beck and Clare Kosnik
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 079146718X , Pages: 157, Year: 2006
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Isn’t all learning, whether it’s prompted by listening to a lecture, or puzzling out a problem with a group of peers, or roaming the Internet alone in a room, a social constructivist process? The learner interacts with people, objects, and ideas, and that interaction ignites cognitive processing. The learner constructs knowledge through this self-regulating cognitive processing—knowledge of all types—from the complexity of algebraic functions, to the formal structures of spelling, to the intricacies of human relationships. As Clive Beck and Clare Kosnik point out in their book, Innovations in Teacher Education: A Social Constructivist Approach, Piaget, Vygotsky, Dewey, and others researched and developed the constructivist theories through which we understand the processes that govern human learning. Although these theories have withstood the tests of time, teacher educators and teachers continue to confront the dilemma of transforming these theories into practices that enhance student learning in educational settings. Many pre-service teacher... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 29, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12748, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 3:54:51 PM

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