chapter  4
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Authentic Tasks, Choice, and Decision Making

Chapter 4 is designed to help you construct a deeper understanding of three of nine key components of constructivist curriculum. It expands the information presented in Part 1 by helping you better understand the role of authentic tasks, choice, and decision making in the construction of knowledge. This chapter provides a rationale for the value of an active classroom that fosters children’s interest, experimentation, and cooperation with teachers and peers. In addition, this chapter shows how authentic tasks, choice, and decision making can promote reasoning and autonomy, as well as help you meet the contentarea standards and the developmental levels for which you are preparing to teach. After reading this chapter, you should have a deeper understanding of

• why authentic tasks, choice, and decision making are necessary to learning; • what kinds of tasks, choices, and decision-making problems are appropriate

for young children, their families, and their teachers; • how authentic tasks, choice, and decision making can be integrated into

any required curriculum; and • how the diverse needs of all can be met through the use of authentic tasks,

choice, and decision making.