Classic Authors.net / Great Literature Online Tor.com - Science fiction & Fantasy Blog, Books, Stories, News, Forum Classic Short Stories Provocations: A Constructionism Methodology – Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation By Jim Tiffin Jr (Cross-posted on my personal blog, Building Capacity) A major component of maker-centered education involves letting students learn from the process of creating something that is purposeful, public and shareable. Indeed, some would say that is all maker-centered education is supposed to be. While that alone is more than sufficient, it is actually far richer. What sits at its core is the constructionist theory of learning, a model first developed by Seymour Papert. He defined constructionism as follows: “The word constructionism is a mnemonic for two aspects of the theory of science education underlying this project. Another appeal of maker-centered education is its connection to innovation, entrepreneurship and STEAM disciplines. “While innovation and STEM tend to be the buzzwords associated with the maker movement. It seems then that there is a tall order for maker-centered learning to fill. Perhaps by using something MVIFI is experimenting with: Provocations.
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