Science Teaching Series

Internet Resources

I. Developing Scientific Literacy

II. Developing Scientific Reasoning

III. Developing Scientific Understanding

IV. Developing Scientific Problem Solving

V. Developing Scientific Research Skills

VI. Resources for Teaching Science


Constructivism is the name of a school of educational philosophy aligned with the cognitive developmental theories of Jean Piaget and social developmental theories of Lev Vygotsky

Constructivism assumes that knowledge is constructed by learners as they try to make sense of their experiences. Learners interpret new information and connect this information to structures established from prior experience. Acquisition of knowledge requires the learner to construct new relationships among existing structures. The process of building new relationships is foundation to problem solving, learning, reasoning,and critical thinking.

Basic Premises