Week 1 Do you believe Constructionism brings any new ideas to the table as a theory of education? Why or Why not?
What is constructionism? Constructionism is a theory on how people learn. It says that people get an understanding of the world through their experiences and reflecting on those experiences. I do think constructionism would bring new ideas to the table as a theory of education.
As teacher we want the students to explore and to think about what they learned. In a constructionism point of view this means using real world problems that students can explore and think about.
The teacher wants the student to talk about the problem and then assess what they can do about it as a group. The teachers’ main role is to encourage. Although they know the answer they help the students to construct knowledge rather than getting knowledge from a textbook.
I thought this was a good chart on a constructionism classroom.
Looking at this chart I would say that constructionism does bring ideas to the table on the theory of education. You can see the differences like pursuing of students interest is valued, learning is interactive, and students working in groups. I know many teachers would rather have a constructionism classroom than a traditional.
What are the benefits of a constructionism classroom? The benefits are that students would learn more, take ownership of their learning, learn how to work with others in a groups, promotes social and communication skills and they take what they learn into the real world. This is very important for kids to understand because they needs this skills in order to function in todays society. So my view is I do believe that constructionism does brings new ideas to the theory of education and this is the route I would take as a teacher with my students.
Constructivism as a Paradigm for Teaching and Learning. (2004). Retrieved May 23, 2015, from http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/constructivism/