Oh my Llog! – Alberto Ramírez Martinell

July 4, 2006

Why haven’t I intensively reviewed the constructivist roots (yet)

Filed under: Research — armartinell @ 12:57 pm

“While the philosophical roots of constructivism antedate modern learning psychology, there is only enough space to deal with current conceptions.”

“Meaning is seen as rooted in, and indexed by, experience ( Brown, Collins, & Duguid, 1989a). Each experience with an idea–and the environment of which that idea is a part–becomes part of the meaning of that idea. The experience in which an idea is embedded is critical to the individual’s understanding of and ability to use that idea. Therefore, that experience must be examined to understand the learning that occurs. Most of us agree that the experience with concepts and relations in school typically is quite different from the experience with them in the real world. Resnick ( 1987); Brown, Collins, and Duguid ( 1989a); and Sherwood, Kinzer, Hasselbring, and Bransford ( 1987) all point to these differences as a major factor underlying the failure of transfer from school-based learning.”
Duffy, Thomas M. (editor) and Jonassen, David H. (1992). Constructivism and the Technology of Instruction: A Conversation, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Hillsdale, New Jersey. Page 4.

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