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What is Constructivist Learning Theory

Transformative Leadership and Change Initiative Implementation for P-12 and Higher Education
The theory that says learners construct knowledge rather than just passively take in information. As people experience the world and reflect upon those experiences, they build their own representations and incorporate new information into their pre-existing knowledge (schemas).
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The Implementation of Technology Into the Mathematics Classroom: A Student-Centered Approach
Matthew F. Vazzana (Monmouth University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-9904-7.ch020
The implementation of technology into the mathematics classroom results in increased academic achievement and a higher level of critical thinking skills in students in grades 9-12. Desmos, a rather new mathematics specific technology, provides students with multiple representations of mathematics, thus promoting a higher level of achievement amongst students. The aim of this chapter is to review the current literature regarding different technologies that support students learning of mathematics, as well as review the best practices for educators to implement the technology into the classroom. In addition, this chapter will compare and contrast a variety of technologies to discuss the best evidence-based practices for the teaching and learning of mathematics.
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ILLs for ELLs: Using an Interactive Notebook Strategy to Foster Success for English Language Learners
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Pedagogical Agents in Online Learning
States that through the use of pedagogical agents, learners are able to interact with a more meaningful and realistic environment and thereby construct knowledge through realistic experience.
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A Case Study on Online Learning Collaboration and Facilitation of a Virtual Classroom Community
A theory of teaching and learning that advances students’ knowledge through affirmation of student experiences and learning using their experiences and knowledge as starting point.
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Learners' Perception of Engagement in Online Learning
The concept highlights the process of learning where learners construct their own knowledge based on their perceived reality. Constructivist learning theory proposes five interactive aspects that can be practiced in online classes: frame of references of the learners, the learning process, learners’ self-created personality or image, levels of communication, and various incidents that take place during the learning process.
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Alchemy of Teaching: Experience, Leadership, and the Science and Art of Education
A learning theory that implies learning is based on meaning-making and building new knowledge on prior knowledge.
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Gifted Education and Lessons Learned During the Pandemic
Learners construct knowledge rather than a passive process. As learners experience the world and reflect, they build on the previous schema. Social constructivism is a social learning theory developed by Lev Vygotsky suggesting that learners are active participants in the creation of knowledge.
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Information Literacy in Virtual Environments: Changing Needs of P-12 Learners
A belief that learners construct knowledge themselves through personal interest, knowledge, experience and social interaction.
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Using Groups and Peer Tutors in Problem-Based Learning Classrooms in Higher Education
Students are active participants in their learning process and that knowledge is constructed based on their experiences. As events occur, each person reflects on their experiences and incorporates new ideas with their prior knowledge. Works in conjunction with problem based and team-based learning. This model was entrenched in learning theories by Dewey, Piaget, Vygotsky, Gagne, and Bruner.
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Developing Digital Literacy Skills with WebQuests and Web Inquiry Projects
A learning theory that acknowledges the learner as the holder and creator of their own knowledge.
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Active Learning Strategies for Online College Classrooms
A theory that explains how people construct knowledge and learn.
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Integrating Family History Into the Post-Pandemic Elementary Learning Space: Reducing Childhood Trauma
An approach to learning that is based on people building their own knowledge from the learner’s experiences.
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