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ERIC Number: EJ833907
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
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A Constructivist Approach to Online Teaching and Learning
Carwile, Julie
Inquiry, v12 n1 p68-73 Spr 2007
A learning model describes how learning occurs, and two major classifications of models are objectivism and constructivism. A. D. Carswell (2001) notes that "within an objectivist schema, the instructor identifies the course objectives required of students and then systematically arranges the content to reach those goals." Constructivism, on the other hand, is founded on the notion that "the only important reality is in the learner's mind, and the goal of learning is to construct in the learner's mind its own, unique conception of events." Within the constructivist model, educators recognize several approaches or models of learning, including the cooperative/collaborative approach and the socio-cultural model. In this article, the author explains how using a learning-centered, or constructivist, approach in online courses is critical to student success.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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