Explorations in the Learning Sciences, Instructional Systems and Performance Technologies

Theories of Learning and Studies of Instructional Practice

Editors: Koschmann, Timothy (Ed.)

  • Organized into position papers, commentaries, responses, and synthesis chapters, facilitating a dialogic structure
  • Grounds discussion in a common set of material leading to collaborative analysis
  • Includes primary data (transcripts, exhibits, images)
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Theories of Learning and Studies of Instructional Practice Timothy Koschmann, editor Though there have been numerous calls for educational researchers to attend more closely to the details of how teaching is actually done, instructional practice remains an inadequately studied topic. Theories of Learning and Studies of Instructional Practice seeks to remedy this by helping construct a foundation for a practice-based science of instruction. It focuses on the fundamental question, what roles should theories of learning play in the study of instructional practice? In educational research, learning theories represent alternative conceptualizations of what we take learning to be. This volume examines three contemporary theories of learning with particular relevance to the study of practice, namely, situated learning, dialogic theory(or dialogism), and Deweyan transactionalism. Drawing upon a panel of internationally-prominent social scientists, psychologists, philosophers of education and teacher educators, the book critically evaluates the potential contributions of each to a science of instructional practice. Rather than considering these matters in the abstract, chapter authors illustrate their positions by applying the different treatments of learning to selected samples of instructional practice. The data analyzed come from a particular fifth-grade classroom in which an innovative way of teaching math was being tested. Extensive transcripts, images and exhibits are provided, enabling the reader to follow and evaluate the analytic arguments being presented. The volume, therefore, delivers precisely on its title—it provides both an articulation of current theories of learning and a series of carefully constructed studies of instructional practice, seeking to explore the relationship between them. In so doing the book offers no easy answers. Its purpose instead is to bring areas of controversy and confusion to the surface. For researchers and graduate students in the learning sciences, this provocative volume opens the door to the next crucial round of dialogue and debate.

Table of contents (24 chapters)

  • Theorizing Practice

    Koschmann, Timothy

    Pages 3-17

  • Designing to Support Long-Term Growth and Development

    Lehrer, Richard (et al.)

    Pages 19-38

  • A Situative Perspective on Cognition and Learning in Interaction

    Greeno, James G.

    Pages 41-71

  • A Commentary on Incommensurate Programs

    Macbeth, Douglas

    Pages 73-103

  • Representational Competence: A Commentary on the Greeno Analysis of Classroom Practice

    Collins, Allan

    Pages 105-111

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Theories of Learning and Studies of Instructional Practice
Editors
  • Timothy Koschmann
Series Title
Explorations in the Learning Sciences, Instructional Systems and Performance Technologies
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-7582-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-7582-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-7581-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4614-2867-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 488
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