Social Constructivism Created and Presented By: Meagan, Alex and Tim
Definition Meaningful learning occurs when individuals are engaged in social activities.
Theory overview Realityis constructed through human activity. Knowledgeis a human product. Learningis a social process.
Main proponent Lev Vygotsky, 1898-1934
Vygotsky says… Culture provides cognitive tools needed for development. tools include cultural history, social context, and language. type and quality of tools determine pattern and rate of development. parents and teachers are conduits for these tools.
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Impact on education The constructivist teacher… engages students with interesting activities based on real-life situations. guides student problem-solving. promotes student collaboration. actively supports student effort. facilitates cognitive growth and learning.
Relationship to online learning Instruction Tele-communication Real-life simulations Project leader and member opportunities Tools Wikis Discussion boards File shares Presentation utilities
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