Unformatted text preview: are-realized scaffolding functions can also be
supplemented with human scaffolding provided by teachers or other students.
This combination can help students acquire scaffolding behaviors for use with
their interactions with teachers and other students (Kozma & Schank,1998).
Broadening the Learning Community with Technology
It is common for constructivists to use the metaphor of a community to
describe the types of learning environments they envision. For example,
constructivists write about a community of learners, or a community of practice,
or discourse communities (Jonassen, et al., 1991). Technology could be useful for
creating broader communities for learning. On-line communication systems like
electronic mail, listservs, and chat-rooms, can give students access to a larger
number of resources for scaffolding their learning. For example, the CoVis project
provides students with a collaborative notebook (Onwill & Gomez, 1994).
Students can pose questions and receive answers from people from all over the
Some Cautions Concerning Constructivist Instructional Approaches
Constructivist approaches to...
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- Spring '08
- Educational Psychology, Instructional Technique