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Caleb Gattegno & Constructivism

Who was Caleb Gattegno? How did the life and background of the famous education theorist affect his views? What are the educational movements that he contributed to?

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Caleb Gattegno (1911-1988) was a well-traveled and influential theorist in the areas of mathematics and languages. He believed that the goal of education was to help individuals meet the needs of the future (Brodbelt, 1970). With that lofty goal in mind, he championed constructivist approaches to teaching and learning in the United States, Europe and Africa.

His educational philosophy and theories is based on the idea that teachers should subordinate teaching to learning. Gattegno believed that the goal of the teacher is to provide opportunities for students to achieve subject level awareness. In classes where teachers subordinate teaching to learning, students are busy exploring through trial and error while teachers serve as facilitators, providing feedback as needed (Powell).

In fact, one of Gattegno's most famous books, The Silent ...

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Caleb Gattegno (1911-1988) was a well-traveled and influential theorist in the areas of mathematics and languages. He believed that the goal of education was to help individuals meet the needs of the future (Brodbelt, 1970). This solution discusses his life and theories in 417 words with six references.

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