Teacher Practice

Habitus, Scaffolding, and Problem-Based Learning: Why Teachers’ Experiences as Students Matter

Author/Presenter: 
Brian Belland
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Year: 
2012
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Despite evidence that it can help students learn higher-order thinking skills and gain deep content knowledge, problem-based learning (PBL) is not deployed on a large scale in K-12 classrooms. This conceptual chapter explores teacher’s past experiences, and resulting habitus, to explain the minimal extent of PBL in K-12 schools. Central to teachers’ abilities to implement PBL is their ability to provide scaffolding, and their habitus may interfere with this process. Implications for teacher education and teacher change are discussed.

ScratchEd: Working with Teachers to Develop Design-Based Learning Approaches to the Cultivation of Computational Thinking

Author/Presenter: 
Karen Brennan
Mitch Resnick
Year: 
2010
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In this poster, we describe the goals of our research, our proposed model for professional development, our framing of design-based approaches to learning, and our framing of computational thinking.

Promoting Purposeful Discourse: Teacher Research in Mathematics Classrooms

How important is discourse in the mathematics classroom? Interest in this question has grown dramatically as mathematics education has recognized the role of communication in understanding. This book presents portraits of teaching by secondary school teachers who have closely observed classroom communication, conversation, and discourse and have sought to use them to improve the quality of their teaching and their students' learning.

Author/Presenter: 
Herbel-Eisenmann, Beth
Year: 
2009
Short Description: 

How important is discourse in the mathematics classroom? Interest in this question has grown dramatically as mathematics education has recognized the role of communication in understanding. This book presents portraits of teaching by secondary school teachers who have closely observed classroom communication, conversation, and discourse and have sought to use them to improve the quality of their teaching and their students' learning.

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