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Theoretical Base Theoretical Base Grounded in constructivism and the educational philosophies of  John Dewey and Elliot Eisner.  Genuine education comes through quality experiences. Education experiences must be connected with the life experiences  of students and “speak to” the learner. Education experiences must affirm, build on, and  extend  what  students bring to the classroom. Education must generate forward movement in the learner.  It must  encourage the learner to seek out other opportunities to interact with  knowing. Education needs to generate knowledge through reading and  writing, but include the other systems of communication as well: art,  music, movement.
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postulates three essential conditions: postulates three essential conditions: risk taking :  where mistakes are a natural characteristic of the learning process and  the reaction to mistakes is free of punishment, ridicule.  This is especially important  for ESL students where the social aspect of language learning is inseparable from  academic concepts and meaningful interaction with native speakers promotes  academic understanding.  reflection :  the process of recognizing multiple perspectives.  This is especially  important to address the increasing diversity of our classrooms and world, and to  prepare students to develop greater cultural sensitivity and awareness for world- views different from their own. collaboration:   the relationships that develop among a community of learners, where  the knowledge created by the group extends beyond the individual.  This  collaboration requires an understanding and valuing of diversity, acceptance of  difference and ensuing conflict, flexibility, and cooperation. Research in cooperative learning indicates that in addition to supporting language  and content development, cooperative learning structures promote positive cross- cultural and race relations (Kagan, 1992).
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Characteristics of Theme-based Instruction Characteristics of Theme-based Instruction is linguistically, cognitively, socioculturally, and developmentally  authentic. provides students with opportunities to use various communication  systems - language, mathematics, art, music, movement - to learn  about the theme. provides students with the opportunity to use thinking processes 
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