Constructivism<br />How we learn…<br />Paul Dennison<br />
“Knowledge is experience, everything else is just information.”<br />We are surrounded by information artefacts – books, w...
Learning IS personal.<br /><ul><li>  No one can do it for you.
  You build your own.
  It’s a creative process.
  You change the inside of your head.</li></ul>BTW - there are no shortcuts.<br />
Teaching<br />Iteration<br />Process<br />Of<br />“Transmission”<br />Product<br />(Knowledge, <br />expertise, etc)<br />...
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  1. 1. Constructivism<br />How we learn…<br />Paul Dennison<br />
  2. 2. “Knowledge is experience, everything else is just information.”<br />We are surrounded by information artefacts – books, web-pages, hand-outs – <br />but experience???<br />You can’t buy it, can’t swap it, can’t steal it, can’t down-load it, can’t plagiarise it.<br />Experience belongs to YOU.<br />Experience is PERSONAL. <br />Learning is PERSONAL.<br />
  3. 3. Learning IS personal.<br /><ul><li> No one can do it for you.
  4. 4. You build your own.
  5. 5. It’s a creative process.
  6. 6. You change the inside of your head.</li></ul>BTW - there are no shortcuts.<br />
  7. 7. Teaching<br />Iteration<br />Process<br />Of<br />“Transmission”<br />Product<br />(Knowledge, <br />expertise, etc)<br />Product<br />(Interpretation,<br />understanding,<br />application <br />of knowledge<br />Person:<br />Academic<br />Professional<br />Person:<br />(The learner, <br />their history<br />& hinterland)<br />Process<br />(learning styles<br />& preferences<br />Interaction<br />Learning<br />Locating the Scholarship of Teaching (McNay & Culwick 2001)<br />
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  17. 17. Learning takes place through the active behaviour of the student: it is what he does that he learns, not what the teacher does. (R.W Tyler)<br />
  18. 18. Constructivism – Learning is personal<br />Each of us constructs – makes sense of – our own version of reality – our personal knowledge.<br />Constructivism is the dominant “ism” in Education today<br />It’s a creative process.<br />It’s active – it isn’t passive.<br />
  19. 19. Constructivism – Learning is personal<br />Each of us constructs – makes sense of – our own version of reality – our personal knowledge.<br />This explains why Educators (us!) want to achieve more active learning and self-directed learning with our students.<br />It explains why harnessing students’ creativity is so effective in HE. <br />It also explains why assessment is important, as a corrective check on wrong (constructed) learning.<br />
  20. 20. Follow up and find out more about:<br /><ul><li>Jean Piaget and the cognitive school.
  21. 21. Social constructivism and Vygotsky.
  22. 22. Einstein’s famous quotation “Knowledge is experience….”</li></ul> – there’s something fishy about it…<br />

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