Does constructivism work?

The following page has resources and links that are critical of constructivism.

Sweller cognitive load

This article is called the Con in Constructivism

Sweller cognitive load constructivism

Educational Psychologist
Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not
Work: An Analysis of the Failure of Constructivist,
Discovery, Problem-Based, Experiential, and Inquiry-
Based Teaching
Paul A. Kirschner, John Sweller & Richard E. Clark

The above article reviews studies and finds evidence against constructivism working.  It is worth reading in full.  Procedural worked examples work better for students with less background and less knowledge.

Scaffolding and Achievement in Problem-Based and Inquiry Learning:
A Response to Kirschner, Sweller, and Clark (2006)
Cindy E. Hmelo-Silver, Ravit Golan Duncan, and Clark A. Chinn
Department of Educational Psychology
Rutgers University

The following blog article sets out to refute the above Sweller study.

More on Sweller approach.

Notes at this blog on Sweller paper.

Direct Instruction vs. Discovery:
The Long View
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027, USA





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