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Which educational theory is the best?

December 7, 2010 Leave a comment

We were asked to define the four educational (Constructionism, Connectivism, Constructivism, and Instructionism)  theories and talk about what they mean to us.

Constructionism can be thought of a mode of learning by creating models to secure ideas; it is constructing an understanding rather than the transmission of knowledge. There have a been a few notable Constructivist Theorist: Jean Piaget and Seymour Papert are probably the two most recognized. Symour Papert (1989) defined constructionism as  “we take a view of learning as a reconstruction rather than as a transmission of knowledge. Then we extend the idea of manipulative materials to the idea that learning is most effective when part of an activity the learner experiences as constructing a meaningful product.”

Connectivism is connecting with others to gain an understanding, this can be virtually or in person. Whether you are connecting across the world or just meters away, this interaction allows you to gain an understanding through the view points of others not just what you have been told.

Constructivism is based on the idea that people learn through experience, encounters, and activities.

Instructionism is an idea that is based on teacher teaching. It is a very structured mode of learning for students and is generally about what the insructor see’s as important. It uses a combination book learning and drill practice.

A combination of all the theories is what is the best way to teach individuals. It must be realized that every student learns different, this being said not one style of education should be valued higher than the other. People need to learn from being told, human interaction, their own experience, and the creation of models to secure the thoughts they have come to make. I would encourage all educators to examine these theories closely and structure a curriculum that addresses each theory.

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