Constructivism

Constructivism is a learning theory that emphasizes the construction of knowledge and skills; important theorists include Jean-Jacques Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, and Jerome Bruner. Here’s my constructivism infographic:

Constructivism

Constructivism in my own learning experiences

The learning scenario I presented in the infographic is built on my own experience learning Latin. During my second semester, the class decided to translate the film Gladiator into Latin and dub the film with our Latin dialog. That translation was one part of an overall scaffolded experience, where we had started by learning less complex Latin grammar and vocabulary, and transitioned to more complex Latin grammar and vocabulary under the guidance of an MKO (our professor). During the translation process, we worked in groups where some were more skilled than others, and acted as MKOs for one another, turning to our professor only when everyone in the class was stumped. The translation task and dubbing were fully collaborative experiences, and we worked together as well to solve problems like how to line up the dubbed lines with the video.

 

Bibliography

McLeod, S. (2012) Zone of Proximal Development. Simply Psychology. Retrieved from https://www.simplypsychology.org/Zone-of-Proximal-Development.html

——. (2014) Lev Vygotsky. Simply Psychology. Retrieved from https://www.simplypsychology.org/vygotsky.html

Tscoshanov, M. (2013) Engineering of Learning: Conceptualizing e-Didactics. Moscow. Retrieved from https://iite.unesco.org/pics/publications/en/files/3214730.pdf

Vygotsky, L. (1978) Interaction Between Learning and Development. In M. Gauvain and M. Cole (Eds.) Readings on the Development of Children. New York: Scientific American Books. Pp. 34-40.

Image Credit (header)

Spowell. (2013). [Building Blocks Toys Block]. Pixabay. Retrieved from https://pixabay.com/en/building-blocks-toys-block-building-717309/

Images used in the infographic are from the image database at Canva.com.