Cite three reasons why you would praise constructivism, condemn
somewhere in the middle about this philosophy.
In order to praise or condemn constructivism, we need to know
what it is.
that end, I am still not completely clear.
David Elkind hints at the
this educational theory has undergone when he says, “Constructivism, in
all of its
incarnations, is now a major educational philosophy and pedagogy,” (as
cited in Noll,
2007, p. 52).
So, just what is the definition of constructivism?
“Constructivism is a
philosophy of learning founded on the premise that, by reflecting on
construct our own understanding of the world we live in,” (On Purpose
2001, para. 1).
In its purest form, Jamin Carson suggested the teacher
students to choose the purpose, curriculum, and instruction when he
outlined his own
practical experience with it in his high school English class (as cited
in Noll, 2007, p.
He found that students were ill equipped to handle that responsibility.
He believes that
the teacher should pass on knowledge to the students.
I guess that
leaves me as a
proponent of the somewhere-in-the-middle crowd.
My reasons are shared
There are aspects of constructivism with which I concur.
constructivism in terms of student participation.
I strongly agree
that students should
play an active role in learning.
I have been increasing my use of
assessments in my classroom because my experience has proven to me that
students learn better when they research, explore, and discover
Furthermore, I can support that point through experience as a recent
Secondly, I agree with the constructivist viewpoint of how the
processes new knowledge.
A constructivist believes that “When we
new, we have to reconcile it with our previous ideas and experience,
what we believe, or maybe discarding the new information as