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Transformation of Knowledge through Classroom Interaction

Transformation of Knowledge through Classroom Interaction by Baruch Schwarz
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Classrooms provide extremely varied settings in which learning may take place, including teacher-led conversations, small group unguided discussions, individual problem solving or computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL).

Transformation of Knowledge through Classroom Interaction examines and evaluates different ways which have been used to support students learning in classrooms, using mathematics and science as a model to examine how different types of interactions contribute to students’ participation in classroom activity, and their understanding of concepts and their practical applications. The contributions in this book offer rich descriptions and ways of understanding how learning occurs in both traditional and non-traditional settings. Combining theoretical perspectives with practical applications, the book includes discussions of:

  • the roles of dialogue and argumentation in constructing knowledge
  • the role of guidance in constructing knowledge
  • abstracting processes in mathematics and science classrooms
  • the effect of environment, media and technology on learning processes
  • methodologies for tracing transformation of knowledge in classroom interaction.

Bringing together a broad range of contributions from leading international researchers, this book makes an important contribution to the field of classroom learning, and will appeal to all those engaged in academic research in education.

Taylor and Francis; May 2009
328 pages; ISBN 9781134007318
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Title: Transformation of Knowledge through Classroom Interaction
Author: Baruch Schwarz; Tommy Dreyfus; Rina Hershkowitz
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