Monday, January 18, 2010

Re: Constructivist Instruction: Success or Failure?

Some blog followers may be interested a post [Hake (2010)] of the above title. The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: In a previous post "Re: All about constructivism" [Hake (2009)], I pointed to Doug Holton's (2009) valuable post “All about constructivism,” regarding the debate engendered by Kirschner, Sweller, & Clark's (2006) provocative “Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not Work: An Analysis of the Failure of Constructivist, Discovery, Problem-Based, Experiential, and Inquiry-Based Teaching.”

For a recent continuation of that debate see Constructivist Instruction: Success or Failure? [Tobias & Duffy (2009)]. The publisher's information at includes the “Table of Contents” and a description of the book, stating that it ”brings together leading thinkers from both sides of the hotly debated controversy about constructivist approaches to instruction.”

An especially insightful contribution is David Klahr's (2009) “To Every Thing There is a Season, and a Time to Every Purpose Under the Heavens,” wherein Klahr emphasizes the importance of operational definitions in science education, as was also underscored in “Language Ambiguities in Education Research” [Hake (2008)].

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REFERENCES [Tiny URL's courtesy]

Hake, R.R. 2010. "Re: Constructivist Instruction: Success or Failure?," online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at Post of 17 Jan 2010 17:10:41-0800 to AERA-L, Net-Gold, and PhysLrnR. The abstract only was transmitted to various discussion lists.

Tobias, Sigmund & T.M. Duffy, eds. 2009. Constructivist Instruction: Success or Failure?Routledge; forward by Robert J. Sternberg; publisher's information at information at For a severely truncated version see the Google Book preview at .

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