Struggles and Successes in Constructivist Jewish Early Childhood Classrooms
By: Muller M., Gorsetman C., Alexander S.T.
Published in: Journal of Jewish Education
SDGs : SDG 04 | Units: | Time: 2018 | Link
Description: This study examined the experiences of teachers in a Jewish early childhood center implementing constructivist theory an d pedagogy through a Reggio Emilia-inspired model. Constructivist practices were described through interviews, surveys, classroom documentation, and observations. The data indicated that areas that were initially deemed as successes were hard to maintain and seemingly overshadowed by challenges. These areas included understanding constructivist theory, using open-ended materials, and relying on open-ended questions to facilitate knowledge. Furthermore, teachers struggled when comparing information gained by children from classes using a more traditional educational approach. Insights in each area are provided to support Jewish and general studies constructivist teachers. © 2018, © 2018 Network for Research in Jewish Education.