RE: Constructivism Course

Jones, John WEN (
Tue, 13 May 1997 16:51 -0600

From: Barbara Henriques
To: JonesJ; pcp
Subject: Constructivism Course
Date: Tuesday, May 13, 1997 1:15PM

>I am in the midst of planning a course on Constructivist Learning Theories
>for undergraduate students who I assume will have had little exposure to
>the concept or language of constructivism.

>I'd like to know if anyone has used PCP as a catalist to get students
>involved in recognizing their own constructions and how they relate to
>specific topics? If you don't have any experience with this, do you think
>it's a feasible idea?

>I've used the RepGrid with fifth grade students to study their
>understandings and beliefs about how scientist acquire new knowledge and
>with an undergraduate student to access her beliefs about mathematics
>teaching. Both of these have been helpful and informative. Now, I'd like
>to thing about possible questions I could use to involve a class in doing
>some of this. Hopefully, the question would have something to do with
>learning or how learning is acquired and could be follwed up with a second
>or third grid as we progress through the course.

>Does this seem reasonable?

>Thanks for any help you can provide.

>Barbara Henriques

>Dr. Barbara D. Henriques
>Department of Education (518) 584-5000 x2819
>Skidmore College Fax: (518) 584-3023
>Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Hi Barbara,

Sounds like a great idea. I think the Rep Grid is a good approach, along
with any experiential exercise that introduces students to novel
experiences. Looking at some works by Bruner, "Acts of meaning," "On
knowing," and "Actual minds, possible worlds" might also be helpful is
designing some questions and experiments.

Good luck with the course.


John V. Jones, Jr, Ph. D.
Counseling and Education Department
Brookings, SD 57007-0095
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