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Guided Constructivism – What do you know?

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I need to learn about Guided Constructivism to support the work I'm currently doing.

I have found many references to Constructivism but not so much to the guided part of it.

The references I've found have tended to be very technical academis studies which make use of some very technical language.

To help ove forward with this I'm hoping one of you out there can help simplify the concept for me.

Can anyone point me in the direction of a good explanation of this concept please?

Kindest

Frank
Frank McGoldrick

2 Responses

  1. Constructivism
    Frank
    Try this site for a more straighforward explanation of constructivism:
    http://www.artsined.com/teachingarts/Pedag/Dewey.html
    Guided constructivism is when the trainer/facilitator guides someone towards meaning, often by a series of questions or carefully crafted experiences.
    The term constructivism has become popular again recently with academics and in some educational circles but isn’t widely discussed, in my experience, in the training context. So well done for raising it!
    I used to cover these ideas in a programme on adult learning over ten years ago, so the concept isn’t new. There are a number of areas of cognitive learning theory (and social learning theory) that perhaps deserve more prominence, especially in relation to training design and the facilitation of participative learning.
    All the best
    Graham

  2. Reponse to Graham
    Graham,

    Thanks for the info and the well done!

    I’ve been doing a lot of reading recently on both guided constructivism, collaborative learning, Bloom’s Taxonomy & other philasophical, phsychological and educational learning theories.

    My conclusion so far (and it ay seem a bit cheeky) is that all the hours spent by academics to come up with complicated ways of saying things and ways to disect approaches, amounts to one thing…

    … a good trainer should be using a combination of approaches dependant upon delegate mix, material, time and available resources.

    Infact, I’ve spent some time relating the theories to my own practice on one particular course I delivered repeatedly over a 12 month period. I was in and out of a numer of different theories often in one session because it helped develop the skills, knowledge & attitude of the delegates.

    Anyway… thanks again for the response.

    Kindest

    Frank

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