Major Players

Theory in a Nutshell

In this theory, a learner assimilates new knowledge by starting with their own experiences and opinions. The learner then constructs the new knowledge through social interactions with others. Learners are motivated externally, but through exploration rather than positive or negative stimuli. The teacher provides scaffolding, or connected activities and ideas, which help guide the learner from what they know to what they can know (zone of proximal development). 


Social Constructivism