Constructionism is a theory of learning where humans construct meaning from current knowledge structures. All knowledge, including the most basic, taken-for-granted common sense knowledge of everyday reality, is derived from and maintained by social interactions. When people interact, they do so with the understanding that their respective perceptions of reality are related, and as they act upon this understanding their common knowledge of reality becomes reinforced. Since this common sense knowledge is negotiated by people, human typifications, significations and institutions come to be presented as part of an objective reality. It is in this sense that it can be said that reality is socially constructed. This philosophical framework is a set of assumptions about the nature of human learning that guide constructionist learning theories and teaching methods of education. Constructionism values developmentally appropriate facilitator-supported learning that is initiated and directed by the learner. (Wikipedia)

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