Constructivism: Apart from practice based learning, I believe good learning is accomplished only when combined with communication based learning.

Introduction

Constructivism is a theory about how people learn; ‘based on the idea that knowledge is constructed by the knower based on mental activity’ (Skaalid, 2009). The history of constructivism dates back to the days of Socrates- his dialogue with his followers. However, modern constructivism theory evolved with theories of child development and education (progressive education) by Jean Piaget and John Dewey (Wilson and Liepol, 2004). In a constructive class room, learning is built based on the previous knowledge, by active participation, by reflective methods (what they learned), collaborative, inquiry based and evolving (Wilson and Liepol, 2004). The approaches of constructivism is that learning is based on inside out rather than outside in. In other words, this theory emphasizes on practice based learning rather than communication based learning (Reiser and Dempsey, 2007, p.42 and 46). But, I think good learning is based on both practice and communication based learning. There are five reasons I believe that learning should be a combination of effective communication and practice based learning. Continue reading Constructivism: Apart from practice based learning, I believe good learning is accomplished only when combined with communication based learning.