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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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