Overheard: Word of the Day

Jun 9 2008   10:04AM GMT

Overheard: FOSS is the constructionist learning model in action

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

walter_bender2.jpg The culture that is embodied in the FOSS movement — a meritocracy that is built upon both collaboration and critique — is synergistic with some core principles of learning, so, where possible, I try to embrace that culture.

Walter Bender, as quoted in Walter Bender Discusses Sugar Labs Foundation

“Constructionism” is a theory of learning pioneered by Seymour Papert. Papert first started developing the theory as a student of Piaget in the early 1960s. Over the course of more than 40 years of research and practice, Papert and his students found that children learn best when they are in the “active role of the designer and constructor” and that this happens best in a context where the child is “consciously engaged in constructing a public entity” — something “truly meaningful” for the learner. Further, the creation process and the end product must be shared with others in order for the full effects to take root.

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