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2007

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Reconsidering Teacher Professional Development Through Constructivist Principles, Kathryn Kinnucan-Welsch Jan 2007

Reconsidering Teacher Professional Development Through Constructivist Principles, Kathryn Kinnucan-Welsch

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Constructivism has been discussed from multiple perspectives, including philosophical, psychological, social, and educational. These perspectives, of course, overlap when we shape what we do in the day-to-day realities of teaching and learning. The perspective that I bring to this chapter describing the professional development of teachers is that constructivism is a theory of learning that suggests that individuals make meaning of the world through an ongoing interaction between what they already know and believe and what they experience. In other words, learners actively construct knowledge through interactions in the environment as individuals and as members of groups.

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