Thursday, July 06, 2006



This unit of study so far has given me much to reflect upon in regards to higher order learning. The Constructivist theories of learning and the role of the Distributed Learning Environment and the possibility have inspired me both personally and professionally. It has given me much food for thought on the applications of these theories and concepts to the subject that I teach.

Brunner (1966) states in his Constructivist Theories of Education that the learner;

Furthermore he states that in relation to instruction; it should

- encourage students to discover principles by themselves.

- the instructor should translate information to be learned into a format

appropriate to the learners current state of understanding.

- the instructor/student should engage in active dialogue

- the curriculum should be organized in a spiral manner so students

continually build on what they have already learned

With this in mind I set to re-evaluate the program I offer my year 12 students in Design and Technology. I started with a reappraisal of the HSC Major work where the student designs and constructs a product, system or environment using the Design Cycle as a cognitive structure. I found this structure wanting in relation to the application of ICT’s and their potential use for higher learning. There is no comprehensive design cycle offered or any effective scaffolding set in place throughout this process to facilitate:

Endnotes: Brunner J. (1966) Towards a Theory of Instruction. Cambridge MA. Harvard University Press

Below is an example of the current model using the example of designing a dining table that a student might design and make and the design folio in which they will record their progress.

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