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Introduction to Constructivism - Module 3: Constructivism - Diploma in Educational Psychology
Constructivism is a perspective on learning that focuses on how students actively create (or construct) knowledge out of experiences. Behaviourist models of learning may be helpful in understanding and influencing what students do, but teachers usually also want to know what students are thinking, and how to enrich what students are thinking.The various models of constructivist learning differ in two ways: how much a learner constructs knowledge independently, and how much a learner takes cues from people who may be more of an expert (Fosnot, 2005; Rockmore, 2005). There are two main types of constructivism called psychological constructivism and social constructivism. Both types focus on learners’ thinking rather than their behaviour, but they have distinctly different implications for teaching.