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Constructionism - Telearn Thesaurus

http://www.tel-thesaurus.net/wiki/index.php/Constructionism

The TeLearn dictionary and thesaurus is a useful growing resource of information giving overviews of concepts and ideas relevant to online and technology-enhanced learning. It's in wiki form so will hopefully grow further.

The entry pointed to by this bookmark gives one of the clearer definitions of Constructionism that I have read. I particularly like the succinct characterisation that constructionism is an operationalised pedagogical branch of Constructivism (that provides a general philosophy and set of ways of understanding how people learn, but that has little so say on the subject of how to go about improving learning). Terry Anderson and I had a question posed to us at our

at the Networked Learning Conference in Maastricht about why we did not include Constructionism in our list of generations of distance learning and I think this answers that question well: it is one of a fairly broad set of theories that fall under the constructivist umbrella and that help to define the second generation, but it is certainly not a generation in itself.

Comments

  • Thanks for the link - very helpful to me as I continue on my personal "-isms" quest. I also realized by looking at your post that I've been tagging all my stuff wrong, plus I found a good posting from a couple of years ago on the Landing that used the tag "constructionism." So, I need to back-track and tag better.

    Julie Shattuck May 14, 2012 - 5:51pm

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