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Sunday, September 26, 2004

The distinction between constructivism & constructionism (my understanding so far)

While both constructivist and constructionist approaches rely on the idea that knowledge is built by the learner based on his/her prior knowledge and new personal experiences, the latter is more concerned with sharing that new knowledge with others. It is also more concerned with "making" something based on this knowledge. Computers and new modes of literacy and communication help in the construction of new knowledge, constructionits say.

Considering this distinction, it is clear then, that constructionism is more compatible with multiliteracy frameworks, as it considers different modes of presenting and demonstrating knowledge as valid. Being multiliterate means being competent in the use of technology to learn and share new knowledge.

4 comments:

Susan said...

Norbella
I got the opposite definition. My article stated that consturctionism was based on social interaction and collaboaration while constructivism was based on mental knowledge. That is weird, no?

Norbella said...

I don't know, there seems to be much confussion out there on what really distinguishes one theory from the other. Look at what I found as a principle of Constructivism (with v):

"Learning is a social activity that is enhanced by shared inquiry (Lambert, et al., 1995, p. 18). One of the goals of constructivist learning is to foster the development of shared meaning (Novak, 1998) between facilitator and learner or between learners in a group. Arriving at shared meaning is a complex activity that is primarily social and relies on the process of shared inquiry."

http://www.bsu.edu/teachers/departments/edld/conf/constructionism.html

As what we (I don't know if I should say "I" here instead of "we") have been reading are interpretations that different authors have made on the theories. Maybe we should look at what the founders of these theories have really said and make our own interpretations... Your thoughts?

Norbella

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Hola Norbella,
como estás? My name is Maria Elena Rendón I'm another Webhead in Cali and just got the news from Vance that you are also here... He gave me the URL to your blog...which by the way I find very interesting...
I want to share with you this info about a conference on CALL in Medellín for which Dafne (another Webhead)is coming http://www.eafit.edu.co/EafitCn/CEC/Eventos/congresoCall.htm My email is monina37au@yahoo.com or monina37@hotmail.com Contact me. I would love to meet you.

Norbella said...

Maria,
I've just seen your comment. I know about the CALL conference in Medellin, fortunately I won't be able to be there. Best luck for you and Dafne! When can we meet?
Norbella