|Constructivism suggests learning should occur in realistic settings using "authentic tasks." Some constructivists hold that ideally an authentic task "must contain no isolated tasks, must be [only] a real-world task, must be in context, and must involve no simplification of that context." (Merrill, in Duffy and Jonassen, Constructivism and the technology of instruction: a conversation, 1992, p.105). This lesson takes the view that it is not possible to conduct all learning under these ideal conditions. The lessons teach that authentic activities should match as nearly as possible real world contexts and be minimally "decontextualized." (Reeves, Herrington, and Oliver. 2002).|
Honebein takes this approach:
Peter C. Honebein (1996), "Seven Goals for the Design of Constructivist Learning Environments." In B. Wilson, Constructivist Learning Environments: Case Studies in Instructional Design.
Before the Lessons
If you are unfamiliar with Constructivist ideas or would like a refresher, proceed to the "Pre-Lesson" linked below. It is an overview of constructivism that will provide a foundation for understanding Constructivist principles, practices and strategies. Once you have your feet firmly planted in Constructivism, give the lessons a try!
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