But good strategy instructors are constructivists!

Michael Pressley, Karen R. Harris, Marilyn B. Marks

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The general nature of constructivist educators' views of teaching are overviewed first, followed by analysis of good strategy instruction in constructivist terms. That good strategy instruction is scaffolded teaching is particularly emphasized. Scaffolded teacher-student interactions necessitate that students experience unique instruction that stimulates a great deal of student construction of to-be-acquired competencies. The only important difference between good strategy teaching and teaching recommended by constructivist educators is in the explicitness of instruction, with relatively greater teacher input about what is to be learned during good strategy instruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-31
Number of pages29
JournalEducational Psychology Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • constructivism
  • strategy instruction
  • teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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