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    Post  jox lion on Mon 13 Dec 2010, 5:32 pm

    According to Thanasoulas, the view of constructivism is that learning is acquired from individual mental construction. The learner learns by matching new against given information and establishing meaningful logic, rather than by knowing facts to be digested later on . The benefits are:
    1. The learner builds his own concepts which fosters logical thinking.
    2. The learner finds his own solutions to problems which fosters critical thinking and decision making.
    3. It requires the learner's initiative, personal involvement and self evaluation which foster autonomy and independence.
    Constructivist pedagogy has a significant place in the nursing curriculum. Its style where students learn by making sense of their experiences in evident in return demonstrations of nursing proceures and RLE. School is a social system whose success banks on human interrelatedness (Aquino, 2000) Working on a task with the help of other people, or RLE group, makes education successful in nursing.
    I think it is not immensely difficult for schools to apply this pedagogy since it is already done in the present curriculum. Nursing students in my observation and esperienceare hardly spoon-fed and are allowed to learn independently.
    For improvements, the school must train their teachers very well. Teacher’s who are willing to work on transforming their teaching styles according to the evolving learnig abilities of students. A teacher should be able to accept followership or learnership role when the need arises and assumes the role intelligently (Lardizabal, Bustos, Bucu & Tangco, 1977). Up-trainings are important since it allows the teacher to improve himself. It is the professional role and competency of a teacher make teaching progressive, wherein he aims to make his modes and strategies more effective (Basavanthappa, 2003). After all, a teacher is expected to have the qualities of flexibility, creativeness and resourcefulness. (Lardizabal, et. al., 1977)


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    Basavanthappa, B. (2003). Nursing education. New Delhi: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers Ltd.

    Lardizabal, A., Bustos, A., Bucu, L., & Tangco, M. (1977). Principles and method of teaching. 2nd ed. Q.C.: Phoenix Publishing House

    Thanasoulas, D. Constructivist learning. Retrieved on November 11, 2010. Retrieved fro
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    Post  sheryllquides on Fri 26 Nov 2010, 11:50 am

    I definitely agree.Clinical nursing education is the ideal environment for the application of constructivist epistemology where meaning is intimately connected to experience. Conceptually, this means embracing a student-centered approach to learning in which students actively process knowledge, link it to prior knowledge, and proceed to construct personal meaning. The faculty role lies in providing stimulating, motivating learning experiences in a real-world context to facilitate this process. Becoming a nurse requires an education, and nursing practice epitomizes the application of that educated mind.

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    Post  angeliebernardo on Fri 26 Nov 2010, 10:23 am

    Constructivist Epistemology is the pedagogy an institution should need to offer their students in order to compete with the fast changing society. This philosophy does not only apply to nursing education but to all courses. The traditional learning has focused more on what teachers would like to teach their students not realizing what the students NEED to learn. The critical thinking is not enhanced nor developed in a teacher-centered learning because the type of teaching does not address the required analytical thinking. The student merely accepts what is taught without even able to negate, memorizes facts but does not analyze nor comprehend.While in constructive epistemology, students are able to think rationally, critically and logically.Who would want to go through the old, lousy traditional teaching? We had enough of these. Gone are the days when we spend days memorizing every word our teachers demand us to recite the next day.It is time we embrace something that is more substantial for our quest to a better and clearer career.

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    Post  xingxia on Thu 25 Nov 2010, 4:59 pm

    i agree. because Nursing graduate students who undertake the master of nursing degree program are adults, many of whom are considered mature students,or have much experience in hospital and community or other service place. As such, they have significant life experiences and a vast amount of knowledge that has been acquired both formally and informally. Much of formal education historically, and even today, is content and curriculum driven, and teacher focused. Constructivist epistemology offers an alternative to traditional pedagogy in that it is student focused and considers previous learning done by the students as a foundation upon which to modify, build, and expand new knowledge. Constructivism also appears to be congruent with adult education theory and therefore offers great potential for the enhancement of self-directed learning. It enhances empowered learning because of the consideration of prior knowledge and the ownership of learning by the students. Implicit in this is the development of metacognitive skills that are an important facet of active and self-directed learning. As a result of graduate learning within a constructivist framework, there are likely to be benefits for nurses in the practice setting for making the transition from inexperienced to experienced practitioners. Constructivist learning frameworks provide learning skills that enhance knowledge acquisition with understanding.


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    Post  xiao pei on Thu 25 Nov 2010, 2:11 am

    i agree that the learner is viewed as a mature individual capable of forming his own direction in learning. Constructivist learning was said to be an important factor in the adult learning process. The author suggests that knowledge is based on the individual’s judgements and his personal interpretations of the concept. With constructivist pedagogy, the learner actively participates in the learning process unlike in the traditional pedagogy where the teacher is expected to be an expert on the concept and is responsible to provide all the knowledge to the students
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    Post  kristineaajuan on Wed 24 Nov 2010, 2:34 am

    I agree with what your article have said that pedagogy is part of andragogy. If we are to base it in real life scenario, all of us before becoming who we are right now passed at the developmental stages when we were still a child. Our childhood experiences somehow defy who we are right now. Different factors are being considered in our learning process an example of which is our culture. Like on what our Chinese classmate have shared, in China they were trained to study on their own. What may be applicable to Chinese students may not be applicable to students of other countries.


    Before we can shift to a new paradigm or mode of teaching there should be self assessment first on the part of the student and most especially of the teacher. The teacher should ask himself/ herself every so often if they are really ready to adopt this way of teaching and do away with the traditional one. It is not that the traditional way of teaching does not work at all; however, nothing is permanent in this world except change. A lot have changed in the world, for example in terms of the latest technologies being used nowadays. Since everything is changing and evolving what more of the education or learning style of the people? Upgraded knowledge, skills and attitude must be applied to students of today because most already have a short attention span, and gets restless easily. Stimulating activities must be provided to students to facilitate learning with a twist. More work and less play will make your student go ayaw
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    Post  jennyanne on Mon 22 Nov 2010, 10:31 am

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    In this article, I do agree that constructivist epistemology has a place and should be included in nursing education. This will not just teach the learners but would be able to challenge them to become independent and responsible in becoming more competent in their profession. And having acquiring such knowledge, this can make them more caring and able practitioners.

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    Post  AlexZano on Mon 22 Nov 2010, 1:59 am

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    Does Constructivist Epistemology
    Have a Place in Nurse Education?

    Matt Peters, BSc, BPhEd, PG Dip Tech Ed, Dip Tchg


    The article teach us “Educators” to let our students construct their own concepts, expound and give them autonomy to develop self-directed learning as we believed that the adult students have a vast knowledge in which they can explore, evaluate, critique, and apply reflective practice the knowledge and skills they have already posses. Indeed, Candy (1989) stated that "constructivism is particularly congruent with the notion of self-direction in emphasizing active enquiry, independence in the learning task, and individuality in constructing meaning".

    The advancement and progression of nursing education needs to be more flexible in its paradigm from traditional style of teaching to prepare and train students to enhance critical analysis, learning with understanding which are important components of metacognition and constructivist approach of learning. According to Matt Peters, as students develop their use of meta-cognitive skills, their ability to work and learn from a constructivist perspective will be enhanced. Their own appreciation of how they construct their knowledge will increase and perpetuate itself. This will also lead to greater independence in learning and problem-solving ability for the students, and therefore, be more conducive to enhancing the skills of self-directed and constructivist learning Peters(2000).

    The question, Does constructivist epistemology have a place in nurse education? Definitely yes. The students and constructivist educators’ knowledge, skills and collective experiences are sufficient to facilitate constructivist learning. Moreover, constructivism augment or intensify the effective learning process of both the students and the educator by discussing what they have already known in a given subject or prospectus. In addition, voluminous benefits and life long acquisition of effective learning will be attained by the student utilizing and practicing Metacognitive and constructivism skills of learning.

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    “If students become more aware of how they come to know and how their learning happens and progresses, then it is likely that they will be better equipped to modify and enhance learning“.

    “Constructivist learning frameworks provide learning skills that enhance knowledge acquisition with understanding“.

    “Metacogniton is about learning with understanding and the quality of learning“.


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    Matt Peters (2000)Does Constructivist Epistemology Have a Place in Nurse Education? Journal of Nursing Education, Voi. 39, No. 4


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    Does Constructivist Epistemology Have a Place in Nurse Educa

    Post  Klarisse Esteban on Sun 21 Nov 2010, 9:13 pm

    Does Constructivist Epistemology Have a Place in Nurse Education?

    "Constructivist learning frameworks provide learning skills that enhance knowledge acquisition with understanding."

    “Traditional pedagogy in formal education has been teacher focused and curriculum driven.”

    “The notion here is that an educational epistemology that can use and build on this vast knowledge base is one that will be empowering and encourage learning with transferability, context, and meaning.”

    Constructivist pedagogy enables a learner to use the knowledge he have obtained thru informal and formal education to allow him to better understand concepts that he is expected to learn. The article suggests that the constructivist method of teaching is better than the traditional pedagogy on the premise that the traditional pedagogy forces new information and negates the previous knowledge that the learner have gathered through the years before entering the college level.
    According to the authors, the pedagogy is better than the pedagogy used in the current nursing curriculum for it enhances empowered learning for the students are viewed as mature individuals that have considerable life experience and have acquired significant bodies of knowledge on many different things. With the constructivist pedagogy, a framework that is parallel with andragogy (adult learning theory), self-directed learning and active learning process such as metacognition.

    Constructivist
    On the constructivist pedagogy of learning, the learning is expected to understand a concept by making sense of what they already know. The learning is both objective and subjective for the learner views the concept objectively and understands it using his experience. It was also argued in the article the social constructivist perspective which suggests that knowledge known by an individual will only be considered viable based on the culture that the individual is involved in.
    Adult Education
    The learner is viewed as a mature individual capable of forming his own direction in learning. Constructivist learning was said to be an important factor in the adult learning process. The author suggests that knowledge is based on the individual’s judgements and his personal interpretations of the concept. With constructivist pedagogy, the learner actively participates in the learning process unlike in the traditional pedagogy where the teacher is expected to be an expert on the concept and is responsible to provide all the knowledge to the students.

    Metacognition
    Metacognition refers to the active, self-managing, conscious act of thinking about thinking and learning.(White & Mitchell, 1994). Metacognition refers to the active learning process where the learner is able to identify the knowledge that he is acquiring and that he is able to process that knowledge using his experiences. Metacognition is related to constructivism in terms of being able to reflect on past experiences and knowledge and applying them to the learning process.


    *** I agree with the authors that constructivist pedagogy should be applied especially in the nursing profession. The learning process should always be active and the knowledge obtained from the past should not be negated and forgotten, hence, it should be applied and constantly be extracted from the learner’s memory. According to a study conducted by Mota, da Mata and Aversi-Ferreira (2010), constructivist pedagogy made the learners perceive the learning process more significant as compared to the traditional pedagogy.


    References:
    Mota, M., da Mata, F., & Aversi-Ferreira, T. (2010). Constructivist Pedagogic Method Used in the Teaching of Human Anatomy. International Journal of Morphology, 28(2), 369-374. Retrieved from Academic Source Complete database.
    White, R.T., & Mitchell, I.J. (1994). Metacognition and the quality of leaming. Studies in Science Education, 23, 21-37.

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