Constructivism= Theory or Religion?

October 16, 2008 at 1:20 am (Uncategorized)

Constructivism is a speculation of what we think happens in any given situation.  To consider it a religion or belief…in some circumstances, yes.   It’s not a routine but a practice.  In my opinion, keeping in mind they are numerous speculations, constructivism is both a theory and religion.  They work together to understand the situation.  You have speculation and then true belief of an outcome.  There is no absolute or concrete way to learn or build knowledge.  One can learn through instruction or accident.  After reading Dr. Lowell’s post about Learning Styles, I must say that I still have a faith in Gardner’s learning styles.  It makes sense to me that people learn in different ways (styles).  Yes, not always concrete but makes perfect sense (considering it’s both a speculation and belief).  When used in the classroom, it works effectively.  Just my thoughts for today…

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4 Comments

  1. amy03 said,

    I thought of constructivism as not being a religion because when we follow a religion we stay within that belief. There are Christians, Kabala, Scientologists (I think that is how you spell it) and many other religions in the world. What ever religion we practice we do not stray and keep within those beliefsl. With education we seem to use many theories and do not just stay in within that one theory. But now that I read your post I can see the connection that they are both beliefs and they do have that connection. Thanks for another viewpoint.

  2. dianaljackson said,

    Amy,
    That is a great point. Religions usually don’t stray from their firm beliefs; however, in today’s society more and more religions are borrowing ideas (if that’s the term we use). For example, Pentecostal Christians are now supporting more Baptist views verses their original holiness views (no make-up, no cutting hair, etc). When thinking in terms of theory, could we use multiple theories when teaching and learning? Must we stick to only one?

  3. Monica said,

    I think that learning has to do with relevance. If the learner finds the information relevant, he or she will learn it independent of how it is presented. I think we blur engagement with true learning – individualized instruction based on learning styles most likely fosters increased engagement with mateial but that does not necessarily indicate increased learning, does it?

  4. dianaljackson said,

    Monica,
    Interesting point! I see your reasoning and would agree. It does depend greatly on what each student finds relevant. Do you feel engagement is true learning? Wouldn’t one increase their learning/ knowledge if he or she were engaged (unless that were not his or her learning style…hum)? I guess it would depend on the type of engagement. I’ve always perceived engagement to equal learning from some aspect. Explain a little more in depth so that I can see where you’re going (in terms of how increased engagement would not indicate increased learning).

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