Thursday, November 12, 2009

Social Constructivist Theory

The principles of social constructivist theory are:

• Knowledge is built by the learner internally rather than being imported from an externalsource.
• The experiential world is complex andintricate, thus learning involves the consideration of multiple truths, representations andperspectives.
• Constructivist learning environments emphasize authentic tasks in a meaningful context rather than abstract instruction out of context.
• Social discourse and negotiation help students clarify and modify their ideas, thus enabling the student to build a personal knowledge base.


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