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Behaviorism vs. Constructivism



Teacher centered

Learner centered

Teacher as expert

Teacher as member of learning community

Teacher as dispenser of information

Teacher as coach, mentor, and facilitator

Learning as a solitary activity

Learning as social, collaborative endeavor

Assessment primarily through testing

Assessment interwoven with teaching

Emphasis on “covering” the material

Emphasis on discovering and constructing knowledge

Emphasis on short-term memorization

Emphasis on application and understanding

Strict adherence to fixed curriculum

Pursuit of student questions highly valued




Source:  Forcier, Richard.  The Computer as an Educational Tool.  Merrill:  Columbus, Ohio, 1999, p. 33.

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