Constructivism and Powerful Learning Environments: Create Your Own!

Ashton-Hay, Sally (2006) Constructivism and Powerful Learning Environments: Create Your Own! In 9th International English Language Teaching Convention "The Fusion of Theory and Practice", May 3-5, 2006, Middle Eastern Technical University - Ankara, Turkey. (Unpublished)

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Recent educational reforms have been gaining increasing attention across Europe, particularly for the creation of powerful learning environments (Buchberger, 2001; Gerjets & Hesse, 2005; Lesgold, 2004; Palincsar & Herrenkohl, 2002; Van Petegem, De Loght, & Shortridge, 2003) based on constructivist educational theory. Most of these innovations are responses to raising educational standards and creating more engaged, active learners. Powerful learning environments aim to improve the quality of learning experiences by creating more active, student-centered classrooms in schools and universities, particularly through the use of technology. The notion of 'powerful' is emphasized in contrast to 'weak' learning environments where students are mainly required to digest or memorize facts. This constitutes contrasting views of education depending on whether students are required to respond, engage and participate in their learning experiences or remain passive and inactive as in more traditional behaviorist learning situations. Such contrasting views of education are one of the reasons for the increased interest in what powerful learning environments have to offer and what they mean in terms of educational reform.

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ID Code: 17285
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: English language teaching (ELT), English as a Foreign Language (EFL), English as a Second Language (ESL), Active learning, Constructivism, Powerful learning environments, social collaborative education, educational reform
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Sally Ashton-Hay
Deposited On: 02 Feb 2009 02:43
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:18

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