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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


Better together

Photo by US Dept of Agriculture on Flickr Social learning is one of the vital components of contemporary learning and development. None of us lives in a vacuum, and we are better, stronger and wiser when we learn and work together.Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky (1978) argued that we learn best when we are immersed in a socially rich, culturally relevant environment. Language is key, as is context. So is the social connection between those who are learning, and those who are supporting ...
Tags: Learning, Training, Development, Cambridge, eLearning, Organisation, Dialogic, Vygotsky, ZPD, Instruction, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Albert Bandura, Lev Vygotsky, Activity Learning, US Dept of Agriculture on Flickr Social


Scaffolds and spirals

If you're a psychologist, an educational researcher, or a teacher, you have almost certainly quoted him at some point in your career. If not, he has definitely influenced your practice in some way. He was more than a giant, he was a colossus of the world of education and psychology. His name was Jerome Seymour Bruner, and he died yesterday at the age of 100 after an illustrious and highly influential career.Bruner was one of the founding fathers of the theory of social constructivism, an approa...
Tags: Learning, Education, Scaffolding, Schools, Ross, eLearning, Bruner, Vygotsky, ZPD, Jerome Bruner, Steve Wheeler, Liberec Czech Republic, Tony Hisgett


#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


Learning from each other

There has been extensive work around the concept of students teaching each other - otherwise known as peer learning. This approach to pedagogy has its roots in Vygotskiian Zone of Proximal Development theory, where a more knowledgeable other, whether teacher, adult or simply a better informed peer, can extend someone's learning experience beyond what they might achieve alone (Vygotsky, 1978).  But peer education can also be reciprocal. In terms of Corneli and Danoff's (2011) and Corneli (2012) ...
Tags: Learning, Berlin, Teaching, Digital Media, Problem Solving, Pedagogy, Danoff, Collaborative Learning, Peer Learning, Vygotsky, ZPD, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Vygotskiian Zone of Proximal Development, Corneli, Vygotsky L S 1978 Mind in Society Cambridge MA