Building on New Constructivist Ideas & CmapTools to Create a New Model for Education

Novak , Joseph D. and Cañas, Alberto J. (2004) Building on New Constructivist Ideas & CmapTools to Create a New Model for Education. In: Concept Maps: Theory, Methodology, Technology. Proc. of the First Int. Conference on Concept Mapping. Universidad Pública de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, pp. 469-476. ISBN 84-9769-064-8

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There is today almost universal agreement that every learner must construct her/his own knowledge structure, or cognitive structure, through her/his own efforts. The commitment to building a powerful knowledge structure must be the learner’s commitment. There is less universal recognition that knowledge structures are built primarily through meaningful learning, and by contrast, rote learning or simply memorizing information contributes little to building a person’s knowledge structure. Nevertheless, we believe that Ausubel’s theory (1963; 2000) provides a strong foundation on which to improve teaching and learning. We shall seek to illustrate this through efforts that employ constructivist epistemology and constructivist cognitive psychology, together with the use of the Internet and CmapTools, a software toolkit to aid in the construction of concept maps.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Paper, CMC2004
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Depositing User: Mr. Ernest Prats
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2012 13:17
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2012 07:09

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