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Above: John Abbott discusses the theory of constructivism in learning
Constructivism as a learning theory

Constructivism is a learning theory that involves creating meaning from experiences and from reflections on those experiences. It is based on the learner being active in constructing their own understanding, not being a passive recipient of information. Group-work and project based investigative learning can be seen as examples of a constructivist approach to education.Constructivism is a large area in learning theory so this article only provides a starting point for further research.

Theorists commonly associated with constructivism are Bruner and Dewey, as well as Piaget and Vygotsky who are considered to be the originators of cognitive-constructivism and social constructivism.  These two strands, and the differences between them,  are key to understanding a constructivist approach to teaching and learning.

Constructivism and teaching practice

The table below is from WNetEducation from their excellent workshop on understanding how contructivism relates to teaching practice:

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Constructivist teaching approaches

An interesting video from Hoston University by Susie Gronset explores constructivist teaching approaches:

Now, explore the resources below which will help you examine using constructivism in your teaching.