The Constructivist Learning Theory

Week one requires me to reflect upon a teaching and learning theory that I have implemented within a teaching and learning experience. Constructivism is a learning theory that resonates with me the most. The Educational Broadcasting Corporation state constructivism is the process by which

“People construct their own understanding and knowledge of the world, through experiencing things and reflecting on those experiences”.

When reflecting upon my experiences as a student, the only way I learnt a new concept was when I was encouraged to be actively involved in solving real-world problems, developing arguments, explaining my opinions and posing questions, rather than sitting at my desk listening to the teacher talk. Amanda Conway also explains this theory well here.

The constructivist theory lies at the heart of my teaching pedagogy, as I believe that a student will only learn through active engagement in learning experiences that reflect their prior experiences and personal interests. This perspective is highlighted when the Educational Broadcasting Corporation states

“Constructivism transforms the student from a passive recipient of information to an active participant in the learning process. Always guided by the teacher, students construct their knowledge actively rather than just mechanically ingesting knowledge from the teacher or the textbook”.

I believe the teacher’s role within the classroom is to provide students with the tools to construct their own knowledge and enhance students’ curiosities of how things work. These tools include, problem-solving or inquiry based learning activities, where students work collaboratively to hypothesise, test their ideas, draw conclusions and reflect upon their learning.

If you would like to delve further into the learning theory of constructivism click here.


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