Constructivist Theory: What is a WebQuest?

by frances 17. February 2010 12:54

We have been looking at resources on Constructivism!

Here is an excellent, simple video about Constructivist Theory that you might enjoy. It is only just over 2mins.

Title: Building knowledge: constructivism in learning

 

 

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Constructivism: What is a WebQuest

by frances 16. February 2010 12:32

The pedagogy behind WebQuests involves PBL, Constructivism, Bloom's Higher Order Thinking Skills, Cooperative Learning, and to some extent SEL and MI.

  

This particular blog is about Constructivism. Here are some resources to give you an overview about this Learning Theory:

  

Constructivist Learning Theory : This is a paper by Prof. George E. Hein, Lesley College. Massachusetts USA in 1991. It explores the meaning and its application to museums and their exhibitions. An interesting read!

 

 

 

Constructivism - This site investigates a lot!!! It has definitions, and Readings from numerous authors. Don't be overwhelmed by it - just pick and choose!

Constructivist Education -This site is a blog devoting itself to looking at the Constructivist Approach and Education.

 

Have you any further suggestions from your own readings? Love to hear about them!

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Constructivist theory: What is a WebQuest?

by frances 3. January 2010 22:16

Constructivist theory is an important underpinning concept when thinking about using or creating a WebQuest.


(Source: Constructivist Theory)

 

An important part of Constructivism is that the student will construct meaning especially if they are given the chance within a group to talk about their ideas. An excellent paper by Prof. George E. Hein, Lesley College. Massachusetts USA, [The Museum and the Needs of People] explains the Principles of Learning and lists the following:

"1. Learning is an active process in which the learner uses sensory input and constructs meaning out of it

2. People learn to learn as they learn: learning consists both of constructing meaning and constructing systems of meaning.

3. The crucial action of constructing meaning is mental: it happens in the mind. [Although with young children and even adults, hands-on activities help the mind].

4. Learning involves language: the language we use influences learning.

5. Learning is a social activity [

6. Learning is contextual [in a WebQuest, the problem has to be authentic]

7. One needs knowledge to learn: it is not possible to assimilate new knowledge without having some structure developed from previous knowledge to build on. The more we know, the more we can learn.

8. It takes time to learn: learning is not instantaneous.

9. Motivation is a key component in learning." (Constructivist Learning Theory)

ALL these elements are important in a WebQuest!

Sites:

Constructivist Learning Theory by Prof. George E. Hein

Constructivist Theory

Constructivist Theory

Constructivism

University of Adelaide: Constructivist Theory of Learning

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Overview: What is a WebQuest?

by frances 2. January 2010 23:25

WebQuests:  

  • are a sub-set of Problem-Based Learning (PBL)
  • encourage students to use higher order thinking skills to solve a real messy problem.
  • use collaborative techniques
  • use emotional intelligence by giving students the opportunity to "become" a perspective or role
  • are units of work varying in length of time and depth 
  • use mainly Internet resources as their references but not limited to them

Pedagogy behind WebQuests:

  • Problem-Based Learning (PBL)
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS)
  • Multiple Intelligences
  • Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • Cooperative Learning 
  • Constructivism

WebQuests are NOT:

  • Worksheets online
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • just Research Assignments
  • Online activities around a theme or topic

Sites:

What is PBL? Adelaide University Publication

Augusta State University: Constructivism & Introduction to PBL, ...What is a Valuable problem?  (PPT)

Integrated Curriculum PBL Lesson Requirements 

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Charlie Sullivan - Charlie does a fantastic job collating websites for Primary schools.

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This blog by and for online educators and features free web based tools applications and resources. Author: John Goldsmith.

Bright Ideas: a blog by the School Library Association of Victoria

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This blog is written by Donalyn Miller, a 6th Grade teacher in Texas, who is reknown for encouraging students to read!

 

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