Blog Post #1

This week’s readings focused on different ways of teaching social sciences. The different views include behaviorism, constructivism, and inquiry-based learning. Behaviorism is not widely used do to the fact that it sees knowledge as independent of the person, which can lead to teachers instilling students with information instead of having them actually learn the material for themselves. The teacher is there to transmit information from themselves to the students in whatever way possible, this is usually done with lectures. I do not think this is the best way for students to learn material, simply because I think it can lead to teachers just talking at students, and then the students are more likely to check out and not pay attention.

I think the best way for students to learn is a combination of constructivism and inquiry-based learning. In constructivism, learning is based on knowledge that is outside the learner and learning becomes a process of acquiring that knowledge. With this approach, the goal is for the teacher to be a facilitator in learning, allowing the students to co-create their knowledge and understanding of a subject. I think this would work really well for many students because they are able to learn in a way that is best for them, and the teacher is there to help facilitate this process. A teacher would no longer be lecturing at students, but allowing them to learn with hands-on activities and their own research. I believe that constructivism would work really well with inquiry-based learning because inquiry-based learning gives students the opportunity to do their own research on what they find important. They are given the chance to come up with questions that they would like answered, then find and present the information they found. In this approach, the teacher is also acting as a facilitator being there to answer any questions the students cannot find on their own.

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Source: http://phenomscience.weebly.com/blog/constructivism

Using a combination of constructivism and inquiry-based learning allows the curriculum to be meaningful, integrative, value-based, challenging, and active; all of which are the core concepts of the NCSS position statement. As a teacher, I would use constructivism and inquiry-based learning to teach my students. I want them to have the best experience learning about the social sciences, and I think if they are allowed to learn in a different way than they have in the past.

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Source: http://peakeducationalresources.blogspot.com/2013/03/inquiry-based-learning.html?spref=tw

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