Theories of Learning and Studies of Instructional Practice

Theories of Learning and Studies of Instructional Practice

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This is a book about an attempt to change the way math was taught in a particular classroom. Its title plays on our everyday usage of the terms theory and practice. In education, these terms are conventionally treated oppositionallya€”we have theories about what we should do and we have what teachers actually do do. In this way, theory stands prior, logically and chronologically, to practice; practice inevitably becoming theorya€™s imperfect realization. We seek in this volume, however, to develop a different stance with regard to the relationship between the two. Taking the details of instructional practice as our principle object of study, we explore what role theories of learning might play in illuminating such practices. The book is about actual practices by which teaching is done and how contemporary theories of learning might help us understand those practices. It seeks to provide a foundation for future practice-based inquiry in education, by addressing the methodological question: How do we go about studying instructional practice in a principled way?... her sudden realization a€“ as a girl born blind, deaf, and unable to speaka€“of the semiotic significance of Anniea#39;s finger spelling W-A-T-E-R as Helena#39;s head was being splashed with water from the pump in her backyard (Keller, 1902/1961, pp.

Title:Theories of Learning and Studies of Instructional Practice
Author:Timothy Koschmann
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2011-04-19


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