Perspectives on Learning: Behaviourism and Constructivism

I’ve just published my first assignment on Scribd. Still a bit undecided about whether it’s a good idea or not, and I’m not quite connected up very well in it – feeling a bit lonely there so if you use it for reading or sharing your work please let me know and I”ll  subscribe to you.

http://www.scribd.com/coscilt

Enjoy! Comments welcome.

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About catrionao

I'm a PhD student at Stirling University, studying a school based practice of teacher professional learning. I also do online facilitation for various organisations such as SELMAS and the Strategic Leadership Development Programme.
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2 Responses to Perspectives on Learning: Behaviourism and Constructivism

  1. Sara says:

    Hi – leaving a comment as promised although perhaps best seen as a thought provoking question in regards to the debate of Behaviourism versus Constructivism.

    I noted you made reference to Behaviourism in the context of the economy and the like but could the same not be said of Constructivism particularly that of Social Constructivism (which appears to be dominating educational thought)?

    The economy has changed and thus the ‘type’ of worker needed has changed too…one for example that is able to ‘think for themselves’. These changes in some way then could be related to the change in popularity of learning conceptions in the education system- from Behaviourism to Social Constructivism?

  2. catrionao says:

    Yes Sara – I agree with you but I don’t think social constructivism is explicitly underpinning any of the current policy developments in the same way as behaviourist ideas did in the post war period – but that’s just my understanding of it and I’d need to go back and read all the literature again 😦 to make a fully informed response to your very searching question! Thanks for taking the time to read.
    Looking forward to hearing how you all get on tomorrow
    Catriona

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