Constructivist Learning Theory

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  • Learning is an individual experience, wherein each individual builds or constructs his or her own idea or meaning of concepts or events, based on current and past experience. The theory explains how a group of individuals could have the same experience or exposure to an event or concept, at the same time, in the same environment, and yet the individuals form varying conclusions, report differing facets and results, and remember the event quite differently when recalling it later.

    Some educators use constructivism as their didactic methodology. In discovery learning, Bruner (1961) advocated hands-on, experiential involvement rather than traditional reading and lecturing to study content. The more a student explores, questions, and experiences an idea or experience, the more the information makes sense, is remembered, and is ...

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