APPLYING LEARNING THEORIES 4

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Part 1

Discuss the following:

  • What can cause instability and dissonance in human behavior?
  • How do disturbances in equilibrium generate opportunities for learning?
  • How do you reconcile the idea that constructivism results in a subjective reality when most teachers and trainers are charged with delivery of fixed, prescribed information and ideas?
  • Can both approaches be accomplished in a class?
  • How might you use constructivism in designing a general science class for eighth graders? Why? How?

Part 2

Discuss the following:

  • Do you think that designers and teachers should generate discomfort in young students, encouraging the process that Piaget called equilibration?
  • How do instructional designers and teachers incorporate methods in courses that promote equilibration?
  • How do instructors and designers help young students achieve accommodation?
  • How do you think that this idea relates to adult learning theory, as stated by Malcolm Knowles in the principles of andragogy?
  • How do the theoretical similarities play out in considering the design of instruction for adults?
  • Are both theories related to constructivism? Why or why not?
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