A GUIDE FOR EDUCATORS COMPUTER


A GUIDE FOR EDUCATORS COMPUTER


You can see to summarize the article, here is a guide for educators on the practical application of constructivism. 

 


➤ l Regardless of your teaching technique (lectures, labs, assignments), you must articulate to yourself the cognitive change that you wish to bring about in the students and structure the activity to achieve this aim. Merely transferring knowledge is not a meaningful aim.

l You must dig underneath your own expert knowledge to expose the prior knowledge needed to construct a viable model of the material that you are teaching. You must ensure that that the students have this prior knowledge.

l In any particular course you will be teaching a specific level of abstraction; you must explicitly present a viable model one level beneath the one you are teaching.

l When a student makes a mistake or otherwise displays a lack of understanding, you must assume that the student has a more-or-less consistent, but non-viable, mental model. Your task as a teacher is to elicit this model and guide the student in its modification.

l You must provide as much opportunity as possible for individual reflection (for example, analysis of errors) and social interaction (for example, group labs). Clearly, each educator must decide how to apply these aphorisms in a concrete situation.

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