One characteristic of Constructivism is the notion that our minds are not completely blank slates, even when we are children. Instead, we have experiences and language that we use to make connections with what new information we are learning.
Discussion: Based on what you have learned this week about behaviorism, format your discussion as follows:
- First, provide a brief description of a learning scenario in which Constructivism is the primary learning theory that drives the activity. This could be something you have experienced firsthand or an example you create. Remember, Constructivism is focused on learners taking an active role in learning and developing new knowledge related to their existing knowledge, often through collaboration.
- Describe what you believe would be the skills in the Zone of Proximal Development (based on the learners in your scenario).
- List least one scaffolding strategy you could use to help learners take an active role in constructing their own knowledge.
- List least one social constructivist strategy you could use to help learners take an active role in constructing their own knowledge