Instructivism, constructivism or connectivism?

Ryan Tracey, ASCD, Mar 21, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I think this is a really good post even if I disagree with it. The premise is that while popular perception sees constructivism as replacing instructivism, and connectivism as replacing constructivism, in reality each of them has its place, and they should be viewed as complementary approaches rather than in conflict. So why do I disagree? Because while as pedagogies it is easy to imagine them being alternated, as theories they contradict each other. According to instructivism, knowledge can be transmitted. According to constructivism, knowledge is created via internal representations. I don't think either is true, and more, these aren't the sort of things that can be true in one moment and not true in the next.

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