The Handbook takes a constructivist perspective to academic learning, emphasizing the construction of personal knowledge of an academic nature. Constructivism within the context of learning theory is viewed as involving an active learner that constructs an academic knowledge base through the development of cognitive strategies and metacognition. The book discusses the development of basic literacy skills that provide the foundation for higher order thinking and problem solving. Constructivism recognizes the social dimension of classroom learning and emphasizes the motivational elements of self-regulation and volition as essential learner characteristics.
Written by authors who have experience with both theory development and the development of classroom instructional techniques, the Handbook empowers educators to develop, implement, and field-test instructional practices at their school site. The book provides a review of the literature, theory, research, and skill techniques for effective teaching and learning.
* Discusses teaching methods for specific subject areas: reading, writing, math, science, and critical thinking
* Contains field-tested examples for the education professional at the school site
* Reviews theory, research, techniques, and assessment at the school site
* Identifies effective teaching with specific techniques
* Covers elementary school through high school
* Identifies how students learn to learn
* Provides a resource for staff development
Teaching "How to Learn" within Domains:M. Pressley, R. Wharton-McDonald, J. Rankin, P.B. El-Dinary, R. Brown, P. Afflerbach, J. Mistretta, and L. Yokoi, Elementary Reading Instruction.J.M. Royer, A Cognitive Perspective on the Assessment, Diagnosis, and Remediation of Reading Skills.S.L. Benton, Psychological Foundations of Elementary Writing Instruction.R.E. Burnett and L.M. Kastman, Teaching Composition: Current Theories and Practices.M.L. Franke and D.A. Grouws, Developing Student Understanding in Elementary School Mathematics: A Cognitive Perspective.S.R. Williams, Mathematics (Grades 7-12).K. Tobin, The Teaching and Learning of Elementary Science.J.J. Mintzes, J.H. Wandersee, and J.D. Novak, Meaningful Learning in Science: The Human Constructivist Perspective.
Learning to Learn:G.D. Phye, Inductive Reasoning and Problem Solving: The Early Grades.R.E. Mayer, Incorporating Problem Solving into Secondary School Curricula.D.R. Olson, Critical Thinking: Learning to Talk About Talk and Text. Assessment of Classroom Learning:W.D. Schafer, Classroom Assessment.J.H.M. Hamers and A.J.J.M. Ruijssenaars, Assessing Classroom Learning Potential.V. Spandel, Reflections on Portfolios. Epilogue: Classroom Learning, Looking Ahead.
Gary D. Phye, Past President of the Iowa Educational Research and Evaluation Association, is the new editor of the Academic Press Educational Psychology Book Series. He has published numerous research articles and book chapters in the areas of classroom learning and transfer. He previously co-edited two of the bestselling volumes in the book series: School Psychology with Dan Reschly and Cognitive Classroom Learning with Tom Andre. In addition to being the co-author of an undergraduate educational psychology text, Dr. Phye has also co-authored (with K. Josef Klauer) a newly-published program designed to teach and assess the inductive reasoning and metacognitive strategies of young children. Dr. Phye is currently working with the Ames Community public schools in the training and assessment of inductive reasoning strategies of special needs children in primary and intermediate grades.