Constructivism is a learning theory that supports the following principles:
- Learning is an active process facilitated by an environment that encourages: risk-taking, creative thinking, and critical thinking.
- Teachers create such environments to: facilitate learning and provide opportunities for self-reflection and self-evaluation.
- Learning is social and is fostered by collaboration.
- Learners learn by doing within a specific context.
- Learning is reflective and incorporates feedback from teachers (co-learners) and peers.
- Students and teachers learn through their mistakes.
- Technology is a tool to facilitate learning and is NOT the focus of learning.
For more information, see Dr. Christie's Powerpoint™ Presentation on Constructivism. Also see Characteristics of Constructivist Learning (PDF).