Tagged: Jean Piaget


The educational value of creative disobedience

Via the excellent math for love blog I learned about an article written in the Scientific American magazine called The educational value of creative disobedience. The article is a powerful argument against traditional ‘chalk and talk’, direct-instruction teaching methods which it says have been scientifically demonstrated to be less effective than creative, problem solving teaching styles. It argues that traditional...


Investigation of y = mx + c

If you believe in constructivist teaching, aka you are on the same page as Piaget, then you’ll think that rather than telling the kids how the coefficients m and c translate a straight line on a graph, they should work it out for themselves through a structured investigation and self-discovery. Download the worksheets of such an investigation here. The investigation...