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Constructivist Learning Theory

How does constructivist theory promote student learning?

Hannah Mariotti

on 3 February 2013

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Transcript of Constructivist Learning Theory

What is Constructivism? Constructivist Theory In Action Discussion & References

Questions are key
Guided problem solving
Process is as important as product
Group work & collaboration
Respect for multiple intelligences Learning is:

Inquiry Based
Evolving (Example of Spiral) Constructivist Theory in Action - Short Video
A brief explanation of the development and history of constructivism.
Discussion - What did you notice in the video? "Ragamuffin, Barefoot Irreverence":
How Does Constructivist Theory Enhance Student Learning? Constructivism in the Classroom: Examples What is constructivism?
What is the role of the teacher?
How does learning occur?
How does it compare to other learning theories?
How can you apply it in your classroom?

Active learning
Not just drills and memorization
Transferable learning
Ownership of learning process
Real world relevance
Promotes communication skills
Addresses multiple learning styles Constructivist Learning Spiral "It is important that students to bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot, irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it."

- Jacob Bronowsky Students work in small groups
Journals can be used to reflect on experiences
Experiments and "hands on" activities are used - i.e. building models.
Questioning and dialogue is encouraged
Portfolios can be used as method of assessment

***Choose a topic and together we will create the constructivist lesson*** Constructivism in the Classroom Benefits of Using Constructivism in the Classroom Compare with behavioral and cognitive learning theories References
- Behaviorism, Coginitivism, Constructivism & Learning and Instructional Theory. (video file). Retrieved from http://wwwyoutube.com/watch?v=0YOqgXjynd0
- Phillips, J.A. (2002). Cognitive Learning Theories. In Learning Theories (Chapter 5). Retrieved from http://peoplelearn.homestead.com/beduc/chapter_5.pdf
- Brooks, J.G. (2004). Constructivism as a Paradigm for Teaching and Learning. Retrieved from http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/constructivism/index_sub2.html
- Bronowsky. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Bronowsky
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