Philosophy and Learning Theories

Posted: December 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

Constructionism is a theory that individuals learn by creating mental or tangible models to help them better understand the world around them and is also known as experimental learning. This means that people learn really well by seeing things that they create with their minds or hands and often includes trial and error.

Connectivism is a learning process that revolves around the fact that information exists in the world outside of our heads. It’s generally used in computer terms as “a learning theory for the digital age.” This is shown in today’s society through the use of information engines like Google and Wikipedia to gather knowledge.

Constructivism is a theory that says people generate knowledge and understanding from personal experiences. We see this in infants as a link between experiences and their reflexes/behavior patterns. The theory is trying to say that people will often learn things from their daily interactions and then use what they learned for future reference.

Instructionism is a theory that individuals will learn by being told how to do things or what the meaning of something is. Interaction between others will help improve the level of understanding.

I think that in the KPE field Constructivism is the most important theory because in sports you’re constantly learning how to improve through experience. For example: A defensive end is having trouble covering the tight end on a certain route, but after trying it a couple of times, he’ll start to understand it better and be able to see how to properly cover his man.

  1. yatesmurphy says:

    I definitely agree with you that Constructionism is a good theory within the field of KPE. Since most learners within KPE learn visually, I agree with you that this is the best theory for this categorization of learners.

  2. hallmyster15 says:

    I agree with both you and Yates that constructivism is key in the KPE field of study. The example you gave relating constructivsm to the game of football is a good way to look at the concept of constructivism. The defensive end is adapting to the tight ends moves and is learning from his moves.

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