Constructivism Learning Theory
Learning TheoryBianca Jo Juana Lisi Sarah
Contributed to ConstructivismLev Vygotsky Jean PiagetJohn DeweyGiambattista VicoRichard RortyJerome Bruner
Learn from experiences Build on known knowledge Learning from doing (Hands on)Learn from solving problems or issuesLearn from active & collaborative problem solving
Classroom ImplicationsTeaching under Constructivism (No Technology)
Tap into past experiences & knowledgeEx: Cells are the smallest unit of life. Biology is study of all living things.
Labs offer hands onEx: Look at check skin cells under microscope
Classroom ImplicationsTeaching under Constructivism (No Technology) Continue:
Ask students to solve problems by analyze, predict, & create Ex: Analyze relationships of structure & functions of cells. Predict function of cell wall. Create cell model.
Involve students in active & collaborative workEx: Small group work of drawing & labeling cells.
Classroom ImplicationsTeaching under Constructivism (Technology)Hypertext & Hypermedia learn from doingPerhaps the most useful pieces of available technology for students are hypertext and hypermedia which allow students to browse information in a nonlinear fashion. These data bases contain hyperlinks which give the decision making power as to what to explore next. This type of interactive learning also allows the student to create his or her own nonlinear data bases!(Matusevich 1995)Interactive board allows students learn form solving
Classroom ImplicationsStudents Learning under Constructivism (No Technology)Students will formulate their own questionsStudents will work in groupsStudents will learn from their own understanding of the content at hand
Classroom ImplicationsStudent Learning under Constructivism (Technology)Teachers can spend less time teaching how to use the technology and more time focusing on the subject since most students come in with an understanding of technology.Students can focus on more specific questions about the technology used instead of listening to general information they may already knowStudents can learn about technology through coordinating their group work online making it easier to communicateStudents can use an interaction board to facilitate active & collaborative problem solvingUsing software like Inspiration allows students to build on knowledge
Personal ViewConstructivism for your own teachinghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALWwY63r4R4&feature=share&list=ULALWwY63r4R4
Science requires learning from previous knowledge and building.Students will remember and retain lessons with labs that demonstrate the lesson and theories with hands on learning. Students can learn and teach each other concepts of science by being active and in collaborative settings.