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  1. 1. CONSTRUCTIONISM By: Caitlin Duffey
  2. 2. KEY PEOPLE Jean Piaget • Believes in successive knowledge building • Knowledge increases in depth and complexity as people move through the stages of life John Dewey • Believed education should be grounded in real experience • "If you have doubts about how learning happens, engage in sustained inquiry: study, ponder, consider alternative possibilities and arrive at your belief grounded in evidence.“ • Inquiry is a key part of learning Lev Vygotsky • Learning takes place when students solve problems above their actual developmental level • Solve problems under guidance of adults or peer collaboration
  3. 3. WHAT IS CONSTRUCTIVISM? • Learners construct knowledge for themselves • Focus on learner instead of the subject or lesson • There is no knowledge independent of the meaning attributed to experience by the learner • Learning is an active process • Learning consists of both constructing meaning and constructing systems of meaning • Learning is a social activity • Motivation is a key component to learning
  4. 4. TEACHER APPLICATIONS • Teacher coaches, moderates, and suggests what the student should learn. • Encourage Inquiry: • Prompt students to formulate their own questions • Allow for Multiple Intelligences: • Allow students to have multiple interpretations and expressions • Create a Collaborative Learning Environment: • Encourage group work and the use of peers as resources
  5. 5. STUDENT IMPLICATION • Students learn subject matter in a similar way to the scientific method: • Student decides what they are interested in learning. • They ask questions about the specific body of knowledge. • They work together in peer groups in order to assist each other in the learning process.
  6. 6. PERSONAL IMPLICATIONS IN FUTURE TEACHING PROFESSION • In my opinion, constructivism is a useful learning theory to enact in the classroom. I would enact the use of some of the elements of the theory such as: • Encouraging student questions • Allowing for collaborative work in order for students to learn how to help one another in the learning process • Encourage students to learn about the subject they connect most with
  7. 7. WORKS CITED • Educational Broadcasting Corporation. (2004). Constructivism as a Paradigm for Teaching and Learning. Retrieved from Thirteen Ed Online: http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/constructivism/index.html • Hein, G. (1991, October 22). Constructivist Learning Theory. Retrieved from Exploratoriam: http://www.exploratorium.edu/ifi/resources/research/constructivistlearning.h tml
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