TITLE

The Impact of Constructivism on Education: Language, Discourse, and Meaning

AUTHOR(S)
Jones, M. Gail; Brader-Araje, Laura
PUB. DATE
March 2002
SOURCE
American Communication Journal;Spring2002, Vol. 5 Issue 3, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Constructivism has emerged as one of the greatest influences on the practice of education. The recent interest in constructivism in education follows an almost religious dedication to behaviorist pedagogy by administrators and educational psychologists in the U.S. The meaning of constructivism varies according to one's perspective and position. Constructivism's perspectives on the role of the individual, on the importance of meaning-making, and on the active role of the learner are the very elements that make the theory appealing to educators. Teachers are typically acutely aware of the role of prior knowledge in students' learning, recognizing that students are not blank slates or empty vessels waiting to he tilled with knowledge. Constructivism offers teachers instructional approaches that are congruent with current research on learning. Language forms the foundation of an individual's conceptual ecology as well as the means of conceptual growth. Constructivism's emphasis on the role of language in learning, in contrast to behaviorism's locus on language as a stimulus, has shifted educators' teaching strategies toward the use of language as a tool in students' meaning-making processes.
ACCESSION #
13159397

 

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