Essay On Constructivist Pedagogy

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Part one.
During my observations I was in a school which operates under the patronage of the Catholic Bishop of Ferns. It was here where I found that constructivist pedagogy, the importance of working memory/ZPD and dialogue were three aspects which I strongly believe are of utmost importance in any child’s life.
Constructivist pedagogy was first coined by Jean Piaget, where he made a systematic study of cognitive development. An important element for this theory to work is that the student should be an active learner. There are two processes in which an active learner is essential in life; assimilation and accommodation. Assimilation is our first impression of what we see, where accommodation is when we are told new knowledge about this object. Problem solving skills, according to Piaget (1958), cannot be taught but need to be discovered. Therefore, teachers need to realise this and allow their students to be active learners. Within this school, I noticed that
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They are as follows; teamwork, planning, community involvement and parental involvement. For a school to be completely inclusive these four aspects have to be evident and work together in harmony. It is my belief that parental involvement is of vital importance within a school, as it empowers the parents themselves to undertake their own role as a primary educator. This would mean that dialogue between students, teachers and parents would be easily accessible. Teamwork is an aspect in life that everyone will experience at some stage. If a school facilitates the skills necessary for team work at an early stage, then these children will understand that it is an essential aspect of life. This teamwork can be practiced within the school between the staff members of the school. As well as parental involvement, community involvement is also significant as it creates links with the greater school
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