About This Chapter
Constructivist Learning Theory in the Classroom - Chapter Summary
Teachers have the ability and flexibility to put their own personal philosophy into their teaching methods. If a constructivist learning theory is part of your philosophy or you want to review this specific method, this chapter is just for you. The lessons include the information that is shown below:
- Identify the different types of constructivism
- Distinguish the differences between cooperative and collaborative learning
- Understand specific strategies that can be used in a constructivist classroom
Whether you prefer to watch videos or read lesson transcripts, both of those resources are available to you in this chapter. When you are ready, there are lesson quizzes and a chapter test to gauge how much you have learned when reviewing the information in this chapter.
How It Helps
- Promotes flexibility: By studying the techniques in this chapter, you can learn about a specific model that you can apply to your classroom that supports your teaching philosophy.
- Enhances performance: This chapter presents you with various tools and techniques that you can directly apply to your classroom to enhance student performance.
- Exposes children to different models: When teachers use different learning theories in their classroom, children are exposed to different models that can increase learning.
Successful completion of this chapter will give you the tools and techniques to:
- Comprehend what constructivism is and the different types there are
- Distinguish the differences and similarities between cooperative and collaborative learning
- Discover different instructional strategies that can be directly applied to a constructivist learning model
1. Constructivism: Definition, Types & Contributors
Are you just a sponge absorbing information? Or are you actively constructing your own reality even as you read this? This lesson looks at the constructivist point of view for how we come to acquire knowledge.
2. What is Cooperative Learning? - Definition & Theory
This lesson will teach you about cooperative learning, which has been linked to better social and academic development in students. We'll explore the basics and some of the underlying theories that support this instructional methodology.
3. What Is Collaborative Learning? - Benefits, Theory & Definition
Find out about collaborative learning, how it helps the individual student, and the theories behind it. After completing the lesson, take a short quiz to test your knowledge.
4. Constructivism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples
Learning through real-world experiences with others allows students to grow and understand things more easily. In this lesson, we'll examine constructivism in depth, including social learning, the zone of proximal development, and project-based learning.
5. Instructional Strategies: Hands-On, Interactive, Expository & Collaborative
In this lesson, we will use the fictional Academy of Magic to illustrate four types of instructional strategies that teachers use in the classroom: expository instruction, interactive instruction, hands-on instruction and collaborative instruction.
6. Cooperative Learning Activities for Elementary School
Using cooperative learning in the classroom is a great way to help students collaborate, get to know themselves, and come to an appreciation of others. The activities in this lesson will help your students understand and become skilled in cooperative learning.
7. Cooperative Learning Activities for Adults
Cooperating with others is an essential skill, whether you're a working professional or still in school. This lesson provides a variety of fun cooperative learning activities for adults.
8. Cooperative Learning Team Building Activities
If you expect your students to engage in cooperative learning, you have to help them feel good about themselves and one another. The team building activities in this lesson will build students' confidence and sense of togetherness.
9. Issues with Cooperative Learning
The idea of cooperative learning in the classroom can be both effective and successful, but it doesn't come without its issues. In this lesson, we will explore some of the common issues teachers encounter when attempting to implement cooperative learning in the classroom, as well as some strategies for success.
10. Cooperative Learning Activities
Cooperative learning is an excellent strategy to use with any level of students. Use these activities in any subject area to engage your students in team and partner-based communication, collaboration, and product creation.
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