Beyond constructivism: Exploring future learning paradigms
Article published in Education Today, issue 2 of 2005, Aries Publishing Company, Thames, New Zealand.
Educational practice is continually subjected to renewal, due to developments in information and communication technology (ICT), the commercialisation and globalisation of education, social changes and the pursuit of quality. Of these, the impact of ICT and the new knowledge economy are the most significant.
Changes in our educational practice lead, in turn, to changes in our approaches to teaching and learning. These changes also impact on our teaching and learning paradigms. Currently, as over the past few decades, we teach and learn in a constructivist learning paradigm. This article discusses past and present paradigm shifts in education and then explores possible
future learning paradigms in the light of the knowledge explosion in the knowledge era that we are currently entering.
21st Century Pedagogy
Even if you have a 21st Century classroom(flexible and adaptable); even if you are a 21st Century teacher ; (an adaptor, a communicator, a leader and a learner, a visionary and a model, a collaborator and risk taker) even if your curriculum reflects the new paradigm and you have the facilities and resources that could enable 21st century learning – you will only be a 21st century teacher if how you teach changes as well.
Your pedagogy must also change.
This Blog and Wiki about 21st century teaching and learning provides a useful overview and resource for new approaches to learning, teaching and assessment.