Constructivism and Education
EDEP 6224 @ Virginia Tech
Course Information
Constructivism and Education
Peter Doolittle
CRC 2102 (1750 Kraft Drive)
220 Public Safety Building
Thursdays, 7:00 pm - 9:50 pm
pdoo@vt.edu
Instructor Information
Peter Doolittle
220 Public Safety Building
pdoo@vt.edu
Course Information
Constructivism and Education
CRC 2102 (1750 Kraft Drive)
Thursdays 7:00-9:50 pm
Course Purpose
What is the nature of knowledge?
How do we come to know?
How is knowledge valued?
Course Description
Learning
Constructivism involves the active creation and modification of thoughts, ideas, actions, and understandings as the result of experiences that occur within individual and socio-cultural contexts.
Knowledge
Constructivism emphasizes the active role played by the individual learner in the construction of knowledge, the primacy of social and individual experience in the process of learning, and the realization that the knowledge attained by the learner varies in its accuracy as a representation of an external reality.
Application
This course will explore these issues as they pertain to teaching, learning, technology, society, research, and education—broadly applied.
Course Goals
Philosophy
Students will understand the basics of philosophy (e.g., ontology, epistemology, axiology, realism, anti-realism) necessary to contextualize constructivism in a broader world view.
Theory
Students will understand various approaches to constructivism (e.g., social constructivism, social constructionism, symbolic interactionism, radical constructivism) in order to conceptualize its multi-perspectival nature.
Pedagogy
Students will understand the relationship between constructivist tenets and educational methods in the development of constructivist pedagogy.
Course Pedagogy
Reading • Discussing • Explaining • Applying
Reading
Discussing
Explaining
Applying
Course Organization
Course Readings
The course, in pursuit of its three primary questions, is structured in multiple sections. There are typically two articles or one book to read each week. Readings vary from short articles to longer chapters to whole books, and cover both seminal readings and modern theorizing and applications.
Course Sections
  • The Course, Students, & Instructors
  • Postmodernism, Truth, & Knowledge
  • Radical Constructivism
  • Sociocultural Constructivism
  • Social Constructionism
  • Symbolic Interactionism
  • Constructivist Methods
  • Constructivist Pedagogy
  • Constructivist Conclusions
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