Communal Constructivism: Students constructing learning for as well as with others. PROCEEDINGS
Brendan Tangney, Ann FitzGibbon, Tim Savage, Siobhan Mehan, Bryn Holmes, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Norfolk, VA ISBN 978-1-880094-41-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
We believe there is a need for an expanded definition of social constructivism that takes into account the
synergy between the more recent advances in information technology - which are increasing our potential for
communication and the ability to store a variety of data types - and advances in virtual learning
environments. In particular we are still at an early stage in trying to construct knowledge as to how to teach
and learn effectively with ICTs. What we argue for is a communal constructivism where students and
teachers are not simply engaged in developing their own information but actively involved in creating
knowledge that will benefit other students. In this model students will not simply pass through a course like
water through a sieve but instead leave their own imprint in the development of the course, their school or
university, and ideally the discipline.
Tangney, B., FitzGibbon, A., Savage, T., Mehan, S. & Holmes, B. (2001). Communal Constructivism: Students constructing learning for as well as with others. In J. Price, D. Willis, N. Davis & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2001 (pp. 3114-3119). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
© 2001 AACE