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Unformatted text preview: classroom learning can be very exciting and they are often innovative. However, many of these classroom approaches are relatively new, and have not been systematically evaluated over time (Airasian & 68 Walsh, 1997; Harris & Graham, 1996). Additionally, there are reasonable issues that can be raised about constructivist approaches. For example, it may be the case that some students do much better with these approaches than other students (Mastropieri, Scruggs, Boon, Butcher Carter, 2001). Also, constructivist approaches are not well suited to all the various types of learning required by a curriculum. For example, in addition to opportunities to construct conceptual understanding, math students need considerable practice on the basic skills of math (Hamm & Perry, 2002; Harris & Graham, 1996). Discovery approaches to learning may not result in the ability to simply recall a math fact when presented with a problem (Steel & Funnell, 2001). Because of these types of concerns, you will want to pro...
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