LaaN vs. Social Constructivism

Mohamed Amine Chatti, Technology Enhanced Learning, Oct 28, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

According to Chatti, "learning as a Network (LaaN) differs from social constructivism in four different ways:
- In LaaN, knowledge is a personal network rather than an object that can be constructed.
- Unlike social constructivism, which views learning as internal developmental processes that result in mental development (i.e. intrinsic), LaaN views learning as both intrinsic and extrinsic
- Vygotsky's social constructivism has centered on the role adults play in fostering children's development... however, nowadays, the lines became blurred between the expert and novice roles.
- Unlike a ZPD which is characterized by a rigid, restrictive, and unidirectional development (i.e. training the novices within the ZPD towards a level of potential development), a knowledge ecology is open, multidirectional, and without an end point of development."
From where I sit, that's a pretty good summary.
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