Paradigms of Teaching and Learning Is One View the Best? Research to Practice
Research to Practice  |   July 01, 1994
Paradigms of Teaching and Learning
 
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  • Alan G. Kamhi, PhD
    University of Memphis, TN
  • Contact author: Alan G. Kamhi, PhD, School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, University of Memphis, 807 Jefferson Avenue, Memphis, TN 38105.
    Contact author: Alan G. Kamhi, PhD, School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, University of Memphis, 807 Jefferson Avenue, Memphis, TN 38105.×
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Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Research to Practice
Research to Practice   |   July 01, 1994
Paradigms of Teaching and Learning
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1994, Vol. 25, 194-198. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2503.194
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1994, Vol. 25, 194-198. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2503.194
A few years ago, there was an excellent series of articles in the Journal of Learning Disabilities that contrasted the reductionist Newtonian mechanistic paradigm with a holistic/constructivist paradigm. The feature articles were written by Mary Poplin (1988a,b) and Lous Heshusius (1989) . Several articles appeared in response to these articles. It may seem that scientists are always attempting to categorize the educational or clinical practices of teachers and clinicians. At the same time, however, educators and clinicians are continually faced with controversial issues that require some commitment or allegiance to a particular theory or paradigm. Consider, for example, the ongoing controversy surrounding whole language instruction. In the January, 1994, issue of the Journal, there was a provocative exchange of letters concerning debatable issues in whole language. Or consider the so-called “pragmatics revolution” (Duchan, 1984). Are the revolutionaries no longer assessing and treating syntactic and semantic problems? How does one decide where one stands on these issues without understanding the principles that underlie the various views?
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