Constructivism Theory In Learning

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Being informed of learning theories, specifically that of Constructivism, has a definite effect on a South African teacher; furthermore learners have responsibilities which must be upheld in order for effective teaching and learning to take place. The general principles of the learning theory Constructivism correspond with the general principles of South African education and in specific the Curriculum and Assessment Policy (CAPS) for English First Additional Language (EFAL) Grade 10-12. The lesson wheel provided to us by our English module department is underpinned by constructivism. The following learning theories will be briefly discussed: Constructivism, Behaviourism, Piaget’s Cognitive learning theory, Krashen’s Theory of language acquisition and the Social Learning Theory. In addition, the general profile of the 21st century learner will be linked to the general principles of constructivism. Moreover, the correspondence between Constructivism and the CAPS document will be discussed as well as how the lesson wheel is underpinned by Constructivism. To begin with, as defined by the Encyclopaedia of Britannica, a learning theory is a proposal or conceptual framework put forth or created to explain how knowledge is absorbed, processed and retained as well as to explain changes put forth by practice. Constructivism is a learning theory as well as a philosophy of learning in which it is expressed that effective learning takes plan when learners reflect on their own
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