Learners actively construct their own understandings

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Unformatted text preview: th the behavioral and information-processing view of teaching presented earlier in this chapter. As you learner in Chapter 5, educational constructivism has its basis in the developmental theories of Piaget, Vygotsky, and Bruner. In chapter 5 we developed the following set of learning principles for constructivism that will guide our discussion of constructivist teaching approaches. • Principle 5.1: Learning is more powerful if learners actively construct their own understandings. • Principle 5.2: Learning experiences are more effective if they take into account the cognitive developmental levels of the learners. • Principle 5.3: Students’ knowledge construction is assisted by their interactions with people and/or objects in their environment. Learners Actively Construct Their Own Understandings As we noted in chapter 5, constructivists generally agree that transmission models such as direct instruction cannot provide the type of experiences necessary for students to construct a meaningful understanding (Richardson, 1997...
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