Some thoughts on constructivism in a STEM context | Greg Foley

Constructivism is now the dominant ideology within the Irish educational establishment. For a long time I’ve struggled to understand what constructivism actually is because most definitions seem pretty vague to me. But while perusing the UCD Teaching and Learning pages I came across this list of the characteristics of a constructivist learning environment and I’ve added a few comments on each point:
Provide multiple representations of reality.

For an engineer like me, or indeed for most of the scientists and mathematicians that I work with, this aspect of constructivism is a problem. Most…

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Innocent till proven guilty returns to campus | Joanne

The Education Department is “preparing new policies on campus sexual misconduct hat would bolster the rights of students accused of assault, harassment or rape, reduce liability for institutions of higher education and encourage schools to provide more support for victims,” reports Erica L. Green in the New York Times.

The accused will be considered innocent until proven guilty, under the proposed rules.  The case would have to be proved by “clear and convincing” evidence rather than the lower “preponderance of the evidence” standard required by an Obama administration’s 2011 guidance….

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Prijs voor de beste onderwijsblog | Dick van der Wateren

Op 24 januari 2019 worden in een bijeenkomst in de Jaarbeurs (Utrecht) tijdens de Nationale Onderwijstentoonstelling de winnaars bekendgemaakt van de Nationale Prijs voor de Onderwijsjournalistiek 2019, de werkbeurs Onderwijsjournalistiek 2019 van het Onderwijsfonds COCMA en de door de Onderwijsraad ingestelde Fons van Wieringenprijs, prijs voor de beste Onderwijsblog 2019. Voordrachten voor werk dat voor […]

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Some thoughts on constructivism in a STEM context | Greg Foley

Constructivism is now the dominant ideology within the Irish educational establishment. For a long time I’ve struggled to understand what constructivism actually is because most definitions seem pretty vague to me. But while perusing the UCD Teaching and Learning pages I came across this list of the characteristics of a constructivist learning environment and I’ve added a few comments on each point:
Provide multiple representations of reality.

For an engineer like me, or indeed for most of the scientists and mathematicians that I work with, this aspect of constructivism is a problem. Most…

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Unprepared to learn — or even to try | Joanne

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Having failed their way through middle school, students are passed on to high school, writes Darren Miller on Right on the Left Coast.  He’s trying to teach Integrated Math to ninth graders who are not prepared to learn math — or even to go through the motions.

In middle school, the bar was “in the vicinity of their ankles,” he writes. In high school, they’re supposed to pass academic classes to earn a diploma.

Yes, they’ll be able to jump through so-called credit recovery hoops if they fall far behind, and maybe they’ll pass and eventually graduate even if they’ve…

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