Teaching and Learning in a Community of Thinking

The Third Model

  • Yoram Harpaz

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This book explores a new pedagogical model called The Third Model, which places the encounter between the child and the curriculum at the center of educational theory and practice. The Third Model is implemented in an alternative classroom called Community of Thinking. Teaching and learning in a Community of Thinking is based on three "stations": the fertile question; research; and concluding performance. The essence of a Community of Thinking is the formation of a group of students and teachers who grapple with a troubling question to which they do not know the answer at the outset – and sometimes even at the end of their investigation. The Community of Thinking framework is supported by a whole school model – the Intel-Lect School. The model, or parts of it, is currently implemented in schools in Israel, England, Australia, and New Zealand.

The book suggests a new pedagogical narrative based on alternative "atomic pictures" of learning, teaching, knowledge, mind and the aim of education, and a systematic pedagogical practice based on this narrative.  



Community of Thinking (CoT) Intel-Lect School atomic pictures child centered ideology concluding performances curriculum centered ideology educational ideologies fertile question knowledge transmission model for schooling pedagogical discipline questioning pedagogy research pedagogy the mimetic chain

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  • Yoram Harpaz
    • 1
  1. 1.Beit Berl Teachers' CollegeBeit BerlIsrael

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