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Presentation 8A4. Examining the Interplay Between Constructivism and Different Learning Styles

Jacqueline B. Miller (USA)


Presentation Abstract
Constructivism is a philosophy that supports student construction of knowledge. Since students construct their knowledge in ways that make sense to them, instructional strategies that support constructivist philosophies naturally advocate student understanding. Constructivism supports the idea that the existing knowledge, past experiences, and beliefs that students bring into the classroom with them impact learning. Instead of playing the traditional role of the lecturer, the instructor becomes a leader and facilitator of knowledge construction. The active-learner orientation of constructivist philosophy is supported by instructional trends in both the mathematics and statistics education communities. The author has posited that constructivism, while not the only philosophy of teaching and learning, is one of the best philosophies of teaching and learning. One question that remains from that discussion is: "How do instructional strategies that support student construction of knowledge address the needs of all students with many different learning styles?"

This talk begins with the examination of a variety of learning styles, followed by the enumeration of a collection of instructional strategies that support constructivism, and concludes with an analysis of how instructional strategies that support constructivism address the needs of the learning styles previously examined.


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