Sunday, September 25, 2011

Cognitive learning theory and how it relates to instructional strategies

Constructivism theory  knowledge that argues that humans gain knowledge and meaning from an interaction between their experiences and their ideas. After viewing instructional strategies from the resources this week i found that instructors have to adapt to the role of facilitators and not teachers. A teacher is intended to give a lecture that covers the subject matter and help the learner to get to his or her own understanding of the content. Also, the learning environment should also be designed to support and challenge the learner's thinking. While it is recommended to give the learner ownership of the problem and solution process, it is not the case that any activity or any solution is acceptable. The critical goal is to support the learner in becoming an effective thinker. This can be achieved by assuming multiple roles, such as consultant and coach.The strategies listed above correlate with constructivism by helping the teacher accommodate the way students or humans gain knowledge. The strategies give the student the opportunity to learn the way they learn best.

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