What is Constructivism?Constructivism is the name of the learning theorythat places learning as an active process.Constructivism is seen as the building upon ofprevious knowledge that the student alreadypossesses.Successful constructivism is achieved throughasking questions, exploring, and assessing whatthe student knows.
Fathers of Constructivism.Lev Vygotsky- founder of the Vygotskyscaffoldong method which states that studentsneed levels of assistance to understand a topic.Jean Piaget- founder of the developmental stagetheory.John Dewey- founder of functional psychology.
Fathers of Constructivism Cont. Vygotsky Piaget Dewey
Constructivism in the ClassroomStudents are viewed as thinkers with emergingtheories about the world.Students primarily work in groups.Pursuit of student questions is highly valued.Assessment of student learning is interwovenwith teaching and occurs through teacherobservation of students at work and throughexhibitions and portfolios.
Constructivism in the Classroom Cont.Curriculum is presented whole to part withemphasis on the big concept.Teachers generally behave in an interactivemanner mediating the environment for students.Teachers seek the student’s view in order tounderstand student learning for use insubsequent conceptions.
Constructivism and Me.I am a fan of using constructivism in my ownclassroom. Due to the fact that I will be teachinghigher level history, the success of my studentswill be based on the previous knowledge that theyare expected to have. I personally feel that it is ofhigh importance that the larger concepts are fullyunderstood by the students before adding morecomplex topics and ideas.