What is Constructionism?

  • Constructionism is a pedagogical approach that centers context, situated knowledge, and learning by doing.
  • It has two central concepts:
    • Learning is a ==reconstruction==
    • Learning is most effective when part of an activity the learner experiences as constructing a meaningful product.
      • According to Piaget, learning is ==experiential==: it takes place through an active process where the learner develops the ability to modify or transform an object or idea.”
  • Summarized in 2 principles (according to Resnick):
    • “People do not get ideas, they make them”
    • “People construct new knowledge with particular effectiveness when they are engaged in constructing personally meaningful products”


  • We must think about others always…(thank you Design justice)
    • Everything we learn reflects the learnings of our teachers
    • We can better understand the world by building a shared consciousnes

although it is beautiful to think about how nothing is truly done, learnt or built alone, ==we must always consider who and what we are (re)constructing with. ==

If learning is a reconstruction of knowledge, then ==everything we learn reflects the learnings of the people we’re told to listen to== unless we choose to do otherwise.

By seeking out diverse voices and learning together, we can build ==shared consciousness== and better understand the world and the predicaments that plague us.

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