How to Use Constructivist Learning Theory in a Corporate Environment

Constructivist Learning Theory is centered around the idea that learners are active participants in their own learning and training. This shapes and gives meaning to the knowledge they acquire by relating it to their prior knowledge and experiences. Constructivism says the best way to learn is to try a concept out for yourself and then reflect on that experience. The theory was pioneered by educational philosophers and reformers including Jean Piaget, John Dewey and Maria Montessori, among others in the late 19th century.

It was described as follows by educational researcher Jacqueline Brooks in 1999: “As long as there were people asking each other questions, we have had constructivist classrooms. Constructivism, the study of learning, is about how we all make sense of our world, and that really hasn’t changed.”

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