It seemed like a good idea at the time: The difference between planning and planning to teach: A constructivist approach

Year: 2002

Author: Krieg, Susan, Sharp, Sue

Type of paper: Refereed paper

The Joondalup Edith Cowan University Bachelor of Education: Kindergarten through Primary program is designed to prepare teachers to educate children across the kindergarten, pre-primary, and primary years of education. The course enacts a new type of teacher education program in several aspects of its intent and design. The collaborative processes and structures within the university and the partnership with the Joondalup Education District have facilitated relationships and a sense of learning community that enables coherence and connection between content, people and pedagogies. Collaborative planning, professional development and reflection between the team of university staff involved in the program is fundamental to developing responsive teaching and learning.

Our planning processes thus far have revealed the difference between generalised, overarching planning and the specific planning to engage students in constructivist learning. Although we are committed to a belief that most of our students knowledge is not acquired ready formed, by some sort of direct perception or absorption but is constructed, developing a shared understanding of operationalising our beliefs requires a different level of reflection and discussion. The paper will explore processes involved in developing constructivist teaching and is intended to promote dialogue about collaborative planning in a university setting