How can you make constructivism amount to more than a hill of beans?

How can you make constructivism amount to more than a hill of beans?

Welcome to the *cough* January Episode! Absolutely not published late. It’s pretty topical, but topical if you remember January 2021 – and that might as well have been last century at this point.

In this episode we’ll be looking at the Beandad twitterstorm in a teacup, and using it to think about constructivism, our own childhood ineptitude, and why on balance – it’s probably better to feed kids than not.

Oh yeah, if you’re not a fan of people starving to death, the ‘decent human being of the year’ award winning Marcus Rashford supports the charity FareShare. Maybe check it out.

Here’s some references by the way:

The transcript of the tweets themselves has vanished, but The Independent did a good summary of the story, one of the few articles that isn’t gnashing teeth in its coverage.

The Kirschner article we referred to, Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not Work: An Analysis of the Failure of Constructivist, Discovery, Problem-Based, Experiential, and Inquiry-Based Teaching, Educational Psychologist, 41:2, 75-86,
DOI: 10.1207/s15326985ep4102_1

And Mark’s reference to actual learning vs the feeling of learning, was covered in this article Measuring actual learning versus feeling of learning in response to being actively engaged in the classroom.

I’m guiltily aware our references are spotty at the moment. New years resolution is to clean these up a bit by the summer!