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What Children Bring to Light: A Constructivist Perspective on Children's Learning in Science


reviewed by Senta Raizen 1996

coverTitle: What Children Bring to Light: A Constructivist Perspective on Children's Learning in Science
Author(s): Bonnie Shapiro
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 080773375X, Pages: , Year: 1994
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This monograph in the Teachers College Press series Ways of Knowing in Science records the author’s investigation of children’s perceptions about light as they studied the topic. The children were members of one fifth-grade class; the author spent some six months in this classroom and studied six children’s perceptions and attitudes in depth. Her methods, in addition to observation, included intensive conversations with the children as well as videotaping classroom interactions, and then engaging the children in discussing and categorizing their comments and behaviors. The children also made drawings and answered brief questionnaires on their notions of light and seeing. The author sets her work in the context of constructivist views of the learner current today. She stresses the importance of carefully listening to children’s discourse as they study science, eliciting not only their thoughts but also their feelings about what they are learning. Indeed, more than half the monograph is given over to the case reports on the six children on whom she focused, reproducing at some... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 98 Number 1, 1996, p. 182-184
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9641, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 10:09:52 AM

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