Educational Psychology
Teaching Resources

Constructivist Theories of Learning

Constructivism Webquest







Step-by-Step Process

Task 1: Choose one of the following constructivist approaches to learning and study it in depth using as many of the websites listed below as you choose.

Cooperative Learning

Introduction to Cooperative Learning

The Elements of Cooperative Learning

Cooperative Learning Articles and Resources

Examples of Cooperative Learning Activities

Project-Based Learning

Why do Project-Based Learning?

The Elements of Project Learning

Benefits and Drawbacks of PBL

Examples of PBL Activities

Inquiry-Based Learning

Introductions to Inquiry-Based or Discovery Learning

Comprehensive Information Page with Links

Inquiry Learning Forum

Examples of Inquiry-Based Activities

Click on link to Thinking it Through: Discrepent Events

Thinking Skills

Why is Critical Thinking Important?

How can we teach Critical Thinking Skills?

Socratic Teaching

Integrating Thinking Skills in the Classroom

Task 2: Prepare to contribute to your expert and jigsaw groups.

Take notes and cut and paste short bits of information that you believe will be valuable to share with your expert and jigsaw groups. If you choose, you can also use examples from your own classroom experiences that are applicable.

Task 3: Create a one-page handout for your jigsaw group.

Your Name & Class Section Include at the top of the page.
A One-Page

(typed, 12-point,

Include the following:

* A short paragraph explaining the key componants of this principle. (You may choose to focus on one technique, such as socratic teaching).

* A brief explanation as to how employing this principle in the classroom improves learning.

* Several examples of ways in which this principle has been or can be used in elementary classrooms.

* Any personal insights you would like to include.