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Refer to: Concept to Classroom 1. structivism/ 2. . html The Practice Implications of Constructivism by Wesley A. Hoover Published in SEDL Letter Volume IX, Number 3, August 1996, Constructivism Constructivism has roots in philosophy, psychology, sociology, and education. But while it is important for educators to understand constructivism, it is equally important to understand the implications this view of learning has for teaching and teacher professional development. Constructivism's central idea is that human learning is constructed , that learners build new knowledge upon the foundation of previous learning. This view of learning sharply contrasts with one in which learning is the passive transmission of information from one individual to another, a view in which reception, not construction, is key. Two important notions orbit around the simple idea of constructed knowledge. The first is that learners construct new understandings using what they already know. There is no tabula rasa on which new knowledge is etched. Rather, learners come to learning situations with knowledge gained from previous experience, and that prior knowledge influences what new or modified knowledge they will construct from new learning experiences.
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  • Fall '19
  • Wesley A. Hoover

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