Constructivist Theory into Practice: An Interpretivist Research Mural
Kay Ann Taylor, Kristen Wright, Lucretia Carter, James McShay, Stephanie Sasser, Muktha B. Jost, Iowa State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, ISBN 978-1-880094-33-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
An age-old work of art has attracted just about everyone to its crowded "theater." This drama of public education has changed in numerous ways over the years, and it is the times of change that have attracted the most crowds. Now is such a time. It is predicted that about a third of the actors (teachers) will be replaced by new ones in the next 10 years, and these new actors will play new roles in addition to the existing ones. The change in their roles is connected to the change in the theater form, which includes the audience's (learners) transformation from a passive to an active, participatory role. The audience participation, in turn, changes the lines of the actors, who must now be prepared for spontaneous and artistic dialogue with the audience. It is also obvious that the set on the educational stage is going through dramatic change. Old props are being torn down to make room for new ones. The computer is the newest of them. In such a change scene, how can the new actors learn new roles and lines from the old schools of teaching? When the curtain goes up, will they be ready? When the curtain comes down, will there be applause?
Taylor, K.A., Wright, K., Carter, L., McShay, J., Sasser, S. & Jost, M.B. (1999). Constructivist Theory into Practice: An Interpretivist Research Mural. In J. Price, J. Willis, D. Willis, M. Jost & S. Boger-Mehall (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 1999--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 813-818). Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).