Social Constructivism and the Mediated Learning Experience Video

An error occurred trying to load this video.

Try refreshing the page, or contact customer support.

Coming up next: Tools to Advance Cognitive Development

You're on a roll. Keep up the good work!

Take Quiz Watch Next Lesson
Your next lesson will play in 10 seconds
  • 0:05 Introduction
  • 0:44 Background
  • 1:47 Individual and Social…
  • 3:37 Benefits of Social…
  • 4:54 Lesson Summary
Save Save Save

Want to watch this again later?

Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course.

Log in or Sign up

Speed Speed

Recommended Lessons and Courses for You

Lesson Transcript
Instructor: Melissa Hurst
A well-accepted fact among educational psychologists is the idea that knowledge is not absorbed but rather constructed through a person's experiences with his or her environment. This knowledge may be constructed individually or collaboratively. This lesson will briefly explain the processes behind knowledge construction and provide information on how socially constructed knowledge can advance the cognitive development of learners.


People construct knowledge and meanings from the stimuli in their environment, which leads to correct or, sometimes, incorrect meanings.

'Class, we have been discussing weight and measurement. Can you tell me which weighs more, this one-pound bag of feathers or this one-pound bag of bricks? Okay. It seems we have some disagreement. Maybe we can work on these problems in groups.'

As we follow this teacher through her lesson, we will be introduced to knowledge construction, social constructivism and the advantages of collaborative learning environments.


New knowledge is processed in three steps:

  1. Construction
  2. Storage
  3. Retrieval

Construction is a mental (or internal) process in which a learner takes many separate pieces of knowledge and uses them to build an overall understanding or interpretation of a new concept. Storage is the mental process of putting new information into memory, and retrieval is the process of finding and using the information stored in memory.

Students constructing knowledge in groups is known as social constructivism.
Social Constructivism

Sometimes learners can make mistakes, referred to as reconstruction errors, which is when the construction of logical, but incorrect, memory occurs by using information retrieved from long-term memory plus one's general knowledge and beliefs about the world.

Some of the teacher's students were making reconstruction errors. They had prior stored knowledge of bricks weighing more than feathers, so when asked 'Which weighs more?' they incorrectly assumed that it was the bag of bricks despite the fact that both actually weigh the same.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use

Become a member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account