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Individual[ edit ] The formalization of constructivism from a within-the-human perspective is generally attributed to Jean Piaget, who articulated mechanisms by which information from the environment and ideas from the individual interact and result in internalized structures developed by learners.
He identified processes of assimilation and accommodation that are key in this interaction as individuals construct new knowledge from their experiences. When individuals assimilate new information, they incorporate it into an already existing framework without changing that framework.
This may occur when individuals' experiences are aligned with their internal representations of the world, but may also occur as a failure to change a faulty understanding; for example, they may not notice events, may misunderstand input from others, or may decide that an event is a fluke and is therefore unimportant as information about the world.
In contrast, when individuals' experiences contradict their internal representations, they may change their perceptions of the experiences to fit their internal representations.
According to the theory, accommodation is the process of reframing one's mental representation of the external world to fit new experiences. Accommodation can be understood as the mechanism by which failure leads to learning: It is important to note that constructivism is not a particular pedagogy.
In fact, constructivism is a theory describing how learning happens, regardless of whether learners are using their experiences to understand a lecture or following the instructions for building a model airplane.
In both cases, the theory of constructivism suggests that learners construct knowledge out of their experiences. However, constructivism is often associated with pedagogic approaches that promote active learningor learning by doing.
There are many critics of "learning by doing" a.
Historical developments and symbol systems, such as language, logicand mathematical systemsare inherited by the learner as a member of a particular culture and these are learned throughout the learner's life.
This also stresses the importance of the nature of the learner's social interaction with knowledgeable members of the society. Without the social interaction with other more knowledgeable people, it is impossible to acquire social meaning of important symbol systems and learn how to utilize them.
Young children develop their thinking abilities by interacting with other children, adults and the physical world. From the social constructivist viewpoint, it is thus important to take into account the background and culture of the learner throughout the learning process, as this background also helps to shape the knowledge and truth that the learner creates, discovers and attains in the learning process.
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Social constructivism thus emphasizes the importance of the learner being actively involved in the learning process, unlike previous educational viewpoints where the responsibility rested with the instructor to teach and where the learner played a passive, receptive role.
Von Glasersfeld emphasized that learners construct their own understanding and that they do not simply mirror and reflect what they read.
Learners look for meaning and will try to find regularity and order in the events of the world even in the absence of full or complete information.
This is also named after the Harkness table and involves students seated in a circle, motivating and controlling their own discussion. The teacher acts as little as possible. The students get it rolling, direct it, and focus it. They act as a team, cooperatively, to make it work.
They all participate, but not in a competitive way. Rather, they all share in the responsibility and the goals, much as any members share in any team sport.
Although the goals of any discussion will change depending upon what's under discussion, some goals will always be the same: Discussion skills are important. Everyone must be aware of how to get this discussion rolling and keep it rolling and interesting.
Just as in any sport, a number of skills are necessary to work on and use at appropriate times. Everyone is expected to contribute by using these skills. The motivation for learning[ edit ] Another crucial assumption regarding the nature of the learner concerns the level and source of motivation for learning.
According to Von Glasersfeld, sustaining motivation to learn is strongly dependent on the learner's confidence in his or her potential for learning. By experiencing the successful completion of challenging tasks, learners gain confidence and motivation to embark on more complex challenges.
In the former scenario the learner plays a passive role and in the latter scenario the learner plays an active role in the learning process.
The emphasis thus turns away from the instructor and the content, and towards the learner. The learning environment should also be designed to support and challenge the learner's thinking.TPSYCH Introduction to Psychology (5) I&S Surveys major areas of psychological science, including human social behavior, personality, psychological disorders and treatment, learning, memory, human development, biological influences, and research methods.
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Piaget was on the right track and was a great researcher who always kept his feet on the ground.
However, he was so influential and adulated by students of education and training teachers when I was young that I got sick of them always talking about his theories! Major applications of Vygotsky's theory to education include the Zone of Proximal Development, scaffolding, guided participation, apprenticeship, and peer interaction.
Erik Erikson Erikson's theory asserted that everyone experiences a series of "psychosocial crises" as they mature.