Pedagogy Social Constructivism

Within the last ten years or so there has been an increasing academic interest in group learning and the advantages to both knowledge acquisition and retention using social constructivism within a pedagogical strategy.

Social constructivism is describing a sociological theory of what “knowing” is and how you come to “attain knowledge”, within a social setting. It describes how groups construct knowledge for one another collaboratively and how a sub-culture evolves, within the group, of shared artifacts, language, signs, and symbols with shared meanings. When students are immersed in this kind of ‘meaning-creating’ culture, they are constantly learning to be an increasingly active part of the culture on many levels. The origins of social constructivism are attributed to the Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky.

 

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