LEARNING AND TEACHING IN THE CONTEXT OF THE VALUE-BASED APPROACH AT THE YOUNGER SCHOOL LEVEL

TitleLEARNING AND TEACHING IN THE CONTEXT OF THE VALUE-BASED APPROACH AT THE YOUNGER SCHOOL LEVEL
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsTalts, L, Kukk, A
JournalProblems of Education in the 21st Century
Volume57
Start Page142-152
PaginationDiscontinuous
Date PublishedDecember/2013
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1822-7864
Other NumbersICID: 1083831
Keywordssocial constructivist and traditional approach to learning, value-centeredness, views on learning and teaching
Abstract

This study aims to ascertain primary school teachers’ views on learning and teaching in the context of the value-based approach and to explore the values teachers rely on in their daily work. The theoretical framework of the study draws on the principles of social constructivist approach to learning, which also constitutes the basis of the new National Curriculum for Basic Schools of the Republic of Estonia. The study is based on the survey of 359 primary school teachers. The analysis produced a five-factor model, showing satisfactory factor loadings for each. The study revealed that teachers’ beliefs about traditional and constructivist teaching styles are somewhat contradictory, expressing on the one hand support to the constructivist approach to learning, but admitting at the same time that for both themselves and their students the traditional teaching style is more convenient. However, the majority of teachers believe that adherence to social constructivist learning principles yields better knowledge and practical skills. In primary school teachers’ approach to learning and teaching the most important key point is the acquisition of knowledge and useful skills, implemented through cooperation and favourable learning environment.

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