Prior to engaging in this discussion, please read chapters five and six in your e-book and review the Instructor Guidance. You will discuss the theory of constructivism and its relationship to learning.
- Constructivists suggest that a person’s reality is unique from others and thus, effects what, how, and how effective knowledge is acquired. This is suggested to be affected by numerous variables such as culture, past experiences, and past knowledge.
Consider the following as you discuss:
- What does logical positivism suggest to us about constructivist-based theories? Do you agree or disagree?
- How do exogenous constructivism, endogenous constructivism, and dialectical constructivism differ and why does it matter?
- How does situated cognition (discussed in Week 3) support the suggestions made by constructivism?
- Discuss a personal experience where you feel constructivism ideologies explained either the effectiveness of, or the non-effectiveness of, the learning experience. Would you consider this learning experience exploratory learning, inquiry learning, or problem-based learning? Why?
- What implications in learning effectiveness might exist if construction of individualized knowledge is negated?Individualized Knowledge Construction
After reading this chapter, you should be able to do the following:
· Explain the fundamental ideologies of constructivism.
· Describe social constructivism and this perspective’s views of learning.
· Compare and contrast situated cognition and the foundational ideas of cognitivism.
· Explain the premise and variables associated with sociocultural theory.
· Discuss how problem-based learning supports constructivist-based learning theories.