What is Social Constructivism?
As learning theories, constructivism and social constructivism have much in common. In fact, as we alluded to above, some educators see them as being one and the same. However, the difference between the two is that social constructivism places an emphasis on the collaborative nature of learning, highlighting the importance of cultural and social influences.
Social Constructivism – Learning through collaboration
Initially developed by a cognitivist named Lev Vygotsky, social constructivism sees learning as being an ‘active process’ (that is, more than just the passive absorption of new information) in which a person’s interactions with others (including peers, family, and – in a formal context – teachers or trainers) have a significant impact on their learning. These interactions – along with the influence of the learner’s cultural and social environments – shape the way that the learner’s knowledge and understanding is constructed.
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