Constructivism in Practice


Purpose


The purpose of constructivism in practice is to explain the possible advantages of practicing constructivism within the classroom setting. A constructivist classroom is one that concentrates on students forming his or her ideas, concepts, and conclusions all while encouraging a more student-centered approach to education. Where as in a traditional, didactic, classroom a teacher may simply instruct and leave little time for classroom discussion, in comparison, a constructivist classroom would expect and reinforce a more egalitarian setting. When the teacher is in a role of a facilitator and students are actively engaged then constructivist learning is being promoted within the classroom.

Goals


The goals of the chapter on constructivism in practice are the following: first, to shed some insight on what constructivism looks like in the classroom setting; second, to provide some context in the area of classroom transformation or reform; and third, to help explore the concept of constructivism as a tool for promoting student-centered learning.

Scope


The full scope of constructivism would require more to be written on the use and practice of constructivist teaching. For this chapter, the area of concentration will be in providing a resource section for further learning and discussion. For example, links will be provided for video, online research, and possible articles in relation to constructivism in practice. By encouraging the reader to explore on his or her own, this section is promoting constructivism in practice by reinforcing notion of developing a student’s personal insight or take on learning.