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Bentley M. L. (1998) Constructivism as a referent for reforming science education. In: Larochelle M., Bednarz N. & Garrison J. (eds.) Constructivism and education. Cambridge University Press, New York NY: 233–249.
Excerpt: Since World War II, mathematics and science education have been high on the educational reform agenda in many countries, including the United States. […] In this chapter, I wish to suggest some ways to reframe this conception of reform in science education. These ways are at one time theoretical and empirical – that is, rooted in the constructivist perspective and in The Professional Practice Community (PPC), a grassroots model for collaboration that may be a constructivist medium to foster educational reform even in the present era of national standards. This model may offer effective structures not only for “valuing questions and ideas” in relation to the usual beliefs on cognition, learning, and teaching, but also for providing a network to support risk taking and change. But before that, some comments on the current U. S. reform project.
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