Social Constructivism is the belief that students learn through the facilitation of knowledge from the teacher to the student. Children build their own knowledge through their own interactions with the environment and thinking processes (Brewer & Daane, 2002). Social constructivism involves a process of discovery, discussion, explanation, negotiation and evaluation. A constructivist classroom needs to be a safe and caring environment where students can feel comfortable to speak their mind and discuss their thoughts (Brewer & Daane, 2002).
Brewer & Daane (2002) interviewed eight teachers who taught mathematics from kindergarten to year 3. Brewer & Daane (2002) discovered that the teachers felt that the four main themes of constructivism included: “learning in an active, constructive process; new knowledge is built on prior knowledge; autonomy is promoted; and social interaction is necessary for knowledge construction and active learning.”
Sound files support musical and bodily-kinesthetic learning styles by creating connections between the sound and the person listening to it. They are also ideal for linguistic learners who can absorb the words and rhythm from the sound file to improve learning.
Sound files can be used in a variety of ways in the learning environment.
- Reward or discipline sounds can be sounded if students are doing well or misbehaving.
- Create inspiration and motivation for students in creative writing.
- Help in exercise classes as a tool to keep the class quiet in between activities.
- As a way to display a dry or unexciting topic more engaging.
Which learning style/s does this ICT support?
The auditory learners and the kinesthetic learner’s best suit a constructivist classroom. In a constructivist classroom social interaction is necessary. Auditory learners learn through discussions where they talk things through and listen to other viewpoints and understandings of something. Kinesthetic learners work best with active learning and a hands-on approach where they can discover and explore a range of activities.
How could this ICT be implemented as a good cognitive tool within the learning environment?
As stated in the Brewer & Daane, 2002 article, mathematics was a good cognitive tool that implemented this ICT into the learning environment. They stated that “all the math activities focus on getting the students to think for themselves and to work with each other in a social situation so that they are talking and discussing things with each other,”
A constructivist approach to learning can be a good cognitive tool within the learning environment.
How is this ICT enabling the development of creativity?
In a constructivist classroom, students are urged to think for themselves while drawing on past experiences to shape their learning. Due to the fact that every student is different and all have a variety of previous knowledge and understandings allows students to be creative and learn in a way that is completely at home within them.
- Brewer, J., & Daane, C, J., (2002). Translating Constructivist Theory into Practice in Primary-Grade Mathematics. Education 123(2), 416-426.