Information Technology and Constructivism in Higher Education: Progressive Learning Frameworks

Information Technology and Constructivism in Higher Education: Progressive Learning Frameworks

Carla R. Payne (Union Institute and University of Vermont College, USA)
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Release Date: May, 2009|Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 414
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-654-9
ISBN13: 9781605666549|ISBN10: 1605666548|EISBN13: 9781605666556
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Description:

Constructivism and the deployment of information technology into higher education classrooms are each widely discussed in academic literature, but generally without a critical perspective on their interaction from a pedagogical point of view as new technology is continuously unveiled.

Information Technology and Constructivism in Higher Education: Progressive Learning Frameworks explores the theoretical frameworks underlying constructivist thinking and the digital revolution in education as they impact each other. Drawing upon a wide range of international field experts, this book assesses the claims made for the educational effectiveness and constructivist orientation of various technologies and technological systems on the basis of on-the-ground applications and implementations.

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The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Asynchronous discussions to teach critical thinking
  • Authentic assessment through information technology
  • Constructivism and online collaborative group learning
  • Constructivism and progressive higher education
  • Constructivism in online theory
  • Constructivist approach to online learning
  • Information technology and mental modeling
  • Information technology use in higher education
  • International approaches to constructivism
  • Nontraditional students and information technology
  • Teaching and learning with information technology
  • Virtual constructivism
Reviews and Testimonials

"This book examines the prospects for progressive higher education in the age of information technology. The topic is especially relevant to the nature of teaching and learning in higher education just because so little of it has actually changed until very recently."

– Carla R. Payne, Union Institute & University, USA

This masterwork is a must read for any practitioners or theoretician interested in using burgeoning communication and information technologies to improve teaching and learning in higher education.

– Arthur Chickering, Goddard College, USA
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Editor/Author Biographies
Carla R. Payne is Professor Emerita of Graduate Studies at Union Institute & University, where she supervised low residency MA students in individualized interdisciplinary studies, and designed and implemented an online Master’s program. She earned the BA in Philosophy from Barnard College, and the MA and Ph.D, also in Philosophy, from SUNY/Buffalo. Publications include "Good Practice and Motivation in Online Learning," in Motivating & Retaining Adult Learners Online (2002); "Teaching and Technology for Human Development," co-authored with A.W. Chickering and G. Poitras, in Educational Technology (2001); “Design for Success: Applying Progressive Educational Principles Online,” in Current Perspectives on Applied Information Technologies: Preparing Teachers to Teach with Technology (2004); “What Do They Learn?” in Flexible Learning in an Information Society (2006); “Can We Talk? Course Management Software and the Construction of Knowledge,” co-authored with Cornel J. Reinhart, in On the Horizon (2008). She continues to teach ethics and philosophy online for the Community College of Vermont.
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Editorial Review Board
  • Arthur W. Chickering, Goddard College, USA
  • Patrizia Ghislandi, University of Trento, Italy
  • Jennifer Holtz, DePaul University, USA
  • Pankaj Kamthan, Concordia University, Canada
  • Kinshuk, Athabasca University, Canada
  • Marina Papastergiou, University of Thessaly, Greece
  • David Seelow, Excelsior College, USA