Constructionism & Constructivism


Constructivism and Constructionism were born out of the research and life-long work of Seymour Papert, who was a student of the work of Jean Piaget.  “Constructivism is a theory of learning based on experience and observation. Through experience, and reflecting on these experiences, individuals construct their knowledge and understanding of the world (Hamir, S. et al 2015)."



According to constructionist models, students learn best by making tangible objects through authentic, real life learning opportunities that allow for a guided, collaborative process which incorporates peer feedback. 


In constructionist educational settings, a fundamental significance is placed on the development of positive technological fluency in students and the promotion of learning through designing and sharing within collaborative environments (Papert, 1996)

Constructionism Video Library

Seymour Papert-Inventor of Everything by Gary Stager

Seymour Papert was the true father of constructionism. His life and work are highlighted here by Gary Stager a student of Papert's. If you wish to know more about the work of Seymour Papert and additional resources on constructionism please follow the link to the a website dedicated to the life, work and vision of Seymour Papert. 
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