Constructivist curriculum is a framework for planning and implementing activities, creating the physical environment, creating the social environment and classroom culture, and defining the role of the teacher. This curriculum framework is based on the theory of learning called constructivism. This entry first discusses the theoretical basis of constructivist curriculum and then the overarching values and principles of the constructivist curriculum. Then, each of these elements of a curriculum framework is discussed: (a) activities and experiences planned and implemented for children, (b) creation of the physical environment, (c) creation of a classroom culture, and (d) role of the teacher.


Constructivism is a theory of how children learn, derived primarily from the work of the psychologist Jean Piaget. This theory contends that children learn through interactions with ...

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