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This paper is a summary of research and observations regarding constructivist practices in the elementary school setting. Constructivist theory, in this paper, is defined as a theory of education that involves teaching students to gain new knowledge by basing that new knowledge on what they already know, and by practicing hands-on learning. A constructivist teacher facilitates cooperative, project based and hands-on learning opportunities and limits the use of lecturing the students may receive on any given subject matter. The observations for this study were done over a two and one-half month period, from September to mid-November. They were recorded in a first and second grade multi-age, multi year classroom in a suburb of a large city in the Pacific Northwest. This paper also examines the impact of constructivist practices on students as they prepare for their state exams at the tenth grade level.
Nelsen, Amy A., "Constructivist theory: Examining discovery learning in a primary classroom" (1995). College of Education. 337.