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Excavating knowledge

Photo by Steve Wheeler Theories of learning can be useful in helping us to understand the possibilities of learning, and also to guide teachers in their pedagogical practice. But to which theories should we subscribe? Furthermore, in the digital age where every aspect of our lives is governed by technology, do the theories from the last century still have relevance? The following exploration of the theory known as 'constructivism' may present some clues:Learning relies on the individual...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Education, Knowledge, Web, Teaching, Accommodation, eLearning, Piaget, Bruner, Vygotsky, ZPD, Jerome Bruner, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Assimilation


Connected learning

Image from PXhere Connected learning is currently a popular phrase in education. It's the theme of my keynote speech to the EADL conference in Tallinn, Estonia in May 2019. Learning in the digital age involves a lot of technology, but fundamentally the role of the learner is still to explore, discover and acquire knowledge. Through technology, we can connect not only with content but also context - people, resources and ideas, and we can also share our own ideas for discussion and further...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Education, Scaffolding, Pedagogy, Algorithm, eLearning, Connected, Tallinn Estonia, Piaget, Vygotsky, ZPD, Jerome Bruner, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, MKO


#LearningIs social

Humans are inherently social. We want to be accepted by others. Most of our learning is achieved within social contexts. I can't recall many examples where I have learnt something significant without the presence of others. From language acquisition, to basic numeracy and literacy skills, to more sophisticated activities such as public speaking, dining out with old friends or driving in traffic - all have been scaffolded and coached through the influence of others. Conversations are some of the...
Tags: Learning, Students, Education, Collaboration, eLearning, Stanford Prison, MASLOW, Milgram, Zimbardo, William Murphy, Lave, Vygotsky, ZPD, Connecting, Festinger, Steve Wheeler



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