Examining The Interplay Between Constructivism And Different Learning Styles


Book: 
Proceedings of the sixth international conference on teaching statistics, Developing a statistically literate society
Authors: 
Miller, J. B.
Editors: 
Phillips, B.
Category: 
Pages: 
Online
Year: 
2002
Publisher: 
International Statistical Institute
URL: 
http://www.stat.auckland.ac.nz/~iase/publications/1/8a4_mill.pdf
Abstract: 

Constructivism is a philosophy that supports student construction of knowledge. Since students uniquely construct their knowledge, instructional strategies that support constructivist philosophies naturally advocate student understanding. Instructional trends in the mathematics and statistics education communities support the active-learning orientation of constructivist philosophy. I posit that, while not the only philosophy of teaching and learning, constructivism is one of the best such philosophies. One question remains: "How do instructional strategies that support student knowledge construction address the needs of all students?" I first examine learning styles in general, then enumerate a collection of instructional strategies that support constructivism, and conclude with an analysis of how instructional strategies that support constructivism address the needs of the learning styles previously examined.

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