Constructivist/Constructionist Learning Theories-Week 4

This week in my Master’s class we are asked to look at the Constructivist/Constructionist Theories of Learning.

Here is some background for both learning theories taken from Dr. Orey (Laureate Education, n.d.):

Constructivism:
A theory of learning that states that each individual actively constructs his/her meaning.  This means that when a person says the word chair, everyone has their own image of a chair that pops in their head.  There is not one constant image that each person visualizes.

Constructionism:
A theory of learning that states people learn best when they build an external artifact or something they can share with others.  This learning theory directly relates to the New Blooms Taxonomy of learning where CREATE is the highest level of demonstrating a person is an expert on a topic.  For example, someone building a house, drawing a picture, making a movie are all examples of this theory.

Project based learning tools are a wonderful way for students to show what they know through the use of different medias involving technology.  One example I use in my class includes having the students complete book reports in the form of a news report or an advertisement.  They video themselves on the iPads, and then use iMovie to edit the video.  We then watch the videos and score one another’s performance.

Another tool I use in my class is http://www.prezi.com
This site is like Power Point for the 21st Century Learner.  It is visually appealing and engaging for both the presenter and the audience.  Check it out!!

Thanks for Reading

Laureate Education (Producer). (n.d.). Constructionist and constructivist learning theories [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu

Pitler, H., Hubbell, E.R., & Kuhn, M. (2012).  Using technology with classroom instruction that works (2nd ed.).  Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

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2 thoughts on “Constructivist/Constructionist Learning Theories-Week 4

  1. Having students do a news report in lieu of a written paper is a great idea. Not only does it engage them in a richer way, but it also forces them to think of the book in a deeper way in order to create an effective video. While this is a great way to immerse students into the story in which they are creating their newscast, I’m not sure that it is technically Project Based Learning. PBL is more about the process than just the final product. It must begin with a driving question and students must collaborate to create a solution and final product. I am not saying that what your students are doing is not constructivism/constructionism in practice, but in my understanding, PBL goes deeper than that.

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    1. Hey Bill,
      I would have to agree with you that that book advertisement is not technically a PBL. But the overarching question that they’re trying to answer is how would I advertise the book that I just read and try to convince other people in the class to want to read this book.

      So they do take a systematic approach when planning out how they’re going to complete this book project, the steps involved in the correct order, and how to present the final project in a way that convinces the audience to read their book.
      Thanks for reading the blog.
      Josh.

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