The experience of constructivism: Transforming teacher epistemology

Bruce C. Howard*, Steven McGee, Neil Schwartz, Steve Purcell

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Abstract

The NASA Classroom of the Future’” sponsored a residential training course to help teachers learn to use computer-based educational tools and explore constructivist instructional approaches. We hypothesized that creating a living-and-learning environment for the training would foster rapid changes in teachers’ epistemological beliefs. Pretest—posttest differences on an epistemology inventory indicated that teachers changed significantly on three of four factors related to constructivist teaching philosophies (Simple Knowledge, Quick Learning, and Certain Knowledge). The fourth factor (Fixed Ability) did not reveal significant changes. These findings have two implications: (1) constructivist approaches to training teachers may promote epistemological change, and (2) epistemology may be a less stable trait than was previously supposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)455-465
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Research on Computing in Education
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

Keywords

  • Constructivism
  • Nature ofknowledge
  • Teacher beliefs
  • Teacher epistemology
  • Teacher training
  • Teaching approaches
  • Technology training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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