Wednesday, October 8, 2014

C4T Post Summary #2

Mr. Wheeler is currently posting about his different theories for education. The post that I commented on was about constructionism. Constructionism came about by learning by making. To construct something will help to the student learn better and more in depth than sitting and listening to a lecture about the subject. For example, would a lecture on robotics, and an actual demonstration on robotics, help you learn easier.

Mr. Wheeler's second most recent post was on Piaget's theories of learning with each child being in a different age groups. Wheeler goes on to explain Piaget's stages for cognitive development. The Sensorimotor Stage is when infants and toddlers acquire knowledge through sensory experiences and manipulating objects. The Preoperational Stage is when kids learn through pretend play but still struggle with logic and taking the point of view of other people. The Concrete Operational Stage is at the time when kids at this point of development begin to think more logically, but their thinking can also be very rigid. They tend to struggle with abstract and hypothetical concepts. The Formal Operational Stage is the final stage of Piaget's theory that involves an increase in logic, the ability to use deductive reasoning, and an understanding of abstract ideas.


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