Communal Constructivism - a revistation in a multicultural context
Rasha Nasra, Concordia University, Canada
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-58-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
In this paper we describe an application of a twist on the theory of constructivism - communal constructivism where learners build knowledge not only with each other (social constructivism) but also for each other. We previously developed the theory while designing and implementing a Masters level course (in IT and Education) in Ireland and at the chalk face in an Irish primary school and this paper will explore the impact of the theory on a multicultural classroom at Concordia University in Canada. Students in the communally constructed course took part in a reflective research project in which they made extensive use of ICT, peer tutoring and other aspects of communal constructivism. In particular the roles of student and teacher were deliberately blurred with the students tutoring not only their peers but also their lecturer. This paper attempts to capture the spirit of communal constructivism by incorporating the voices of those in the class and supporting a student as lead author.
Nasra, R. (2006). Communal Constructivism - a revistation in a multicultural context. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2006--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2020-2025). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).