Paradigm Wars in ICT Education Theory - Challenging the False God of Constructivism

ID: 43233 Type: Full Paper: Other
  1. Juhani Tuovinen, Tabor Adelaide, Australia

Wednesday, June 25 1:30 PM-2:00 PM Location: B3109 View on map

Presider: Rebekah Rousi, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, Finland

Abstract: The importance of sound testing of educational theories is discussed. The need for testing is illustrated by an examination of constructivism. Criticisms of constructivism and methods of empirical testing of educational programs are considered. Importance of employing alternative educational theories and practices is illustrated by the results from tablet/workbook research. The Cochrane health database is used as an example of rigorous evidence repository. The importance of pragmatic testing of teaching methods derived from different theories is illustrated by research on database learning, leading to theory development. It is suggested that an international repository of high quality educational research be developed


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