The EdVisions ModelEmerging Research on Constructivist Learning
Constructivism: A Philosophy of LearningEach person constructs their own understanding of the world by reflecting on their experiencesEach person generates their own mental models to make sense of experiencesLearning is adjusting our mental models to new experiences
Constructivist Learning EnvironmentsConstructivist environments provide a question, a case, a problem or a project that learners will attempt to solve. Ownership of the problem or learning goal is the key to meaningful learning. Students must be provided with interesting, relevant, and engaging problems to solve.David Jonasson
Do Project-based Schools Work?EdVisions created a learning model that is as close as possible to a natural learning environment.Brain research, cognitive research, psychological research, all say these environments will help young people learnThe present traditional system cannot utilize all of the research In order to be research-based, we must create new and different kinds of learning communities!
Implications of Stage Environment Fit TheoryA typical high-school environment (large and impersonal, rigid curriculum, competitive) may not be supportive of adolescent needsA better match in terms of adolescent needs and the educational context should result in higher levels of motivation and engagementSizable research literature to support this claimPlacing students in a more developmentally appropriate environment should have a positive effect on student psychological healthThere is relatively little research that directly addresses this claim
Measuring Psychological Health by the Hope IndexHope: a generalized expectancy for achieving goalsCorrelated with dispositional optimism, positive outcome expectations, self-esteem, happinessLower rates of depression, anxietyIn a longitudinal study of college students, hope scores predicted GPA even after controlling for entrance examination scores on the ACTIn the same study, 57% of the higher-hope individuals had graduated from college after six years, while only 40% of the lower-hope individuals had graduatedHope is a stable component of a persons disposition that does not change over time without targeted therapy
Emerging Research from EdVisions SchoolsProject-based Learning gives students high levels of autonomy in directing their own process of learningSmall-school environment enables the formation of solid teacher and peer relationshipsStudents lose motivation in traditional schools with each passing year, but exposure to EdVisions school environments may be able to offset and perhaps even reverse that process
Appropriate Environment: EdVisionsProject-based learning encourages significantly higher levels of autonomyAdvisory groupings enable the creation of significantly better teacher/student relationshipsStudents in the project-based learning environment exhibit greater engagement in learning
Appropriate Environment: EdVisionsStudents in EdVisions environments (i.e. greater perceptions of autonomy and belongingness) demonstrated healthy psychological development over time as measured by the Hope IndexThis sort of positive growth can help to buffer students from the turbulences of adolescence and provide a stronger platform for future success
The EdVisions Design Essentials make it possible for adolescents to have a more positive learning experience, one that builds academic skills, life skills, and improves dispositional hope!