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Slowing the pendulum: Should we preserve some aspects of instructivism? PROCEEDINGS

, Griffith University, Australia

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-48-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


As the pendulum swings from instructivist to constructivist implementations of educational technology, we may be at risk of losing sight of some important lessons from classical educational practice. In this paper I will use a project of my own—based upon a constructivist-inspired statistics application—to raise questions about current theorising. In so doing I will refer to literature concerned with situated learning and authentic tasks (e.g., Herrington, Oliver, Herrington & Sparrow, 2000), with the development of understanding (e.g., Perkins, 1998), and with cognitive approaches to learning (e.g., Anderson, Reder & Simon, 1997). My aim is to seek further complementarities between the situated and cognitive approaches (Anderson, Greeno, Reder & Simon, 2000), including whether complex understandings should be decomposed and practised separately, and whether there is sufficient practising of understanding during typical authentic learning tasks.


Bain, J.D. (2003). Slowing the pendulum: Should we preserve some aspects of instructivism?. In D. Lassner & C. McNaught (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2003--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1382-1388). Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 17, 2018 from .


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