Definition Constructivism is a reality of learning founded on the premise that, by reflecting on our experiences, we construct our own understanding of the world we live in. Each of us generates our own "rules" and "mental models," which we use to make sense of our experiences. Learning, therefore, is simply the process of adjusting our mental models to accommodate new experiences.
“ If it is by yourself then you only have one idea — yourself idea and the teacher. But if there is many people in the class, and they put up their hands, then you can think of whatever they say — not only your own things, but everyone will say what they think, and then you will have many ideas to think about.”
“ You know how you say two or three heads is better than one? Well, it’s like the same thing on the computer; it’s like just what she said. If someone read a book or something and they know more about it, you can go to their note and get some references from theirs, and then it’ll help your answer be better…”
“ I think that I can tell if I’ve learned something when I’m able to form substantial theories that seem to fit in with the information that I’ve already got. So it’s not necessarily that I have everything–I have all the information–but that I’m able to piece things in that make sense and then to form theories on the questions that would all fit together.”
“ The biggest difference right from the very beginning was the amount of writing being done this year… Last year we had science binders, and, um, I would make all the forms. I would design the experiments. And this year you see it’s all owned by the children. It’s all totally grown from the children’s interest, from their questions, and… You know I’ve had to run ahead and get some of the research books and read it, but it has come from their interests. It’s like they are designing the pathway and… They have gone this year beyond what I could have planned by myself…”
“ Well, first we started with sticky notes, and we wrote it a good question of what we thought a good question would be about Native Americans. And we complete, we are trying to complete it by finding out more information about it, and, um, we started with my theory and more about what we researched and what Web sites we have researched.”