does this theory differ from traditional ideas about teaching
does constructivism have to do with my classroom?
is the history of constructivism, and how has it changed over
are some critical perspectives?
are the benefits of constructivism?
the benefits of constructivism?
Children learn more, and enjoy learning more when they are
actively involved, rather than passive listeners.
Education works best when it concentrates on thinking and understanding,
rather than on rote memorization. Constructivism concentrates
on learning how to think and understand.
Constructivist learning is transferable. In constructivist
classrooms, students create organizing principles that they
can take with them to other learning settings.
Constructivism gives students ownership of what they learn,
since learning is based on students' questions and explorations,
and often the students have a hand in designing the assessments
as well. Constructivist assessment engages the students' initiatives
and personal investments in their journals, research reports,
physical models, and artistic representations. Engaging the
creative instincts develops students' abilities to express knowledge
through a variety of ways. The students are also more likely
to retain and transfer the new knowledge to real life.
By grounding learning activities in an authentic, real-world
context, constructivism stimulates and engages students. Students
in constructivist classrooms learn to question things and to
apply their natural curiousity to the world.
Constructivism promotes social and communication skills by
creating a classroom environment that emphasizes collaboration
and exchange of ideas. Students must learn how to articulate
their ideas clearly as well as to collaborate on tasks effectively
by sharing in group projects. Students must therefore exchange
ideas and so must learn to "negotiate" with others and to evaluate
their contributions in a socially acceptable manner. This is
essential to success in the real world, since they will always
be exposed to a variety of experiences in which they will have
to cooperate and navigate among the ideas of others.
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