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Kindergarteners Can Do It—So Can You: A Case Study of a Constructionist Technology-Rich First Year Seminar for Undergraduate College Students
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, , Drake University, United States

ITCE Volume 2003, Number 1, ISSN 1522-8185 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Abstract

Constructionism is a theory of learning proposed by Seymour Papert of MIT. Co-instructors for a first year seminar for undergraduate students provided education students with a one-semester constructionist experience to learn by engaging with technology. Students used LEGO® construction bricks and pieces to solve problems by building, working on personally meaningful projects, and sharing their work with others. Participants had an opportunity to observe young children in local schools who are learning this way. One class meeting per week was scheduled in the school of education computer lab to learn and practice LEGO®/Logo computer programming language. During the other weekly class period, students developed a firm grounding in the learning theory of Seymour Papert and Jean Piaget through readings, discussion, and lecture. Another aspect of this class period included intense writing experiences. Student responses and essays revealed meta-cognitive growth from constructionist learning activities, problem solving, collaboration, and reflection.

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Beisser, S. & Gillespie, C. (2003). Kindergarteners Can Do It—So Can You: A Case Study of a Constructionist Technology-Rich First Year Seminar for Undergraduate College Students. Information Technology in Childhood Education Annual, 2003(1), 243-260. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 22, 2019 from .

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