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Communal Constructivism: Students constructing learning for as well as with others.
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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), Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

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.

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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 SITE 2001--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3114-3119). Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 25, 2020 from .

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