Constructionism

img_7509Seymour Papert’s theory called constructionism frames and inspires the work of this study and project proposal.The theory builds on the work of John Dewey, Maria Montessori, Jean Piaget, Jerome Bruner, Lev Vygotsky, and Paulo Freire. Constructionism is opposite of instructionism and intends to place the learner “in the position of designer/producer rather than consumer” (Harel & Papert, 1990) and this serves as an essential core element of what STEAMHAMLET intends to purposefully create. Instructionism is easily understood as a traditional school model, which leads to “banking education” (Freire 1970) and that approach is what this study and project wish to actively disembowel.

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