October discussion topic
- Hope you all enjoyed your summer. I thought we could try doing a topic
monthly. Weekly and even 2 weekly is probably a bit ambitious.
Remember if you have a topic you would like the group to discuss, let
me know. Here is a topic for October to get us started. I remember
hearing a speaker say (something like) this at the IATEFL conference
a couple of years ago and it caused some controversy. I remember it
well because I didn't know what "constructivism" was at the time.
"Constructivism is just a passing fashion. It will be forgotten in a
few years" Do you agree?
- "...Constructivism is just a passing fashion. It will be forgotten in a
few years" Do you agree?Well, whether I agree or not, three points:1) many things may fall out of fashion with the passing of time; this is not necessarily a reflection on their validity2) considering constructivism has been around since at least the 1920s, it does not seem to fit my description of a novel bandwagon3) "the long run" may prove to be a valid test of worth, but (to quote Keynes) "in the long run, we're all dead"Not much of a contribution, but at least it is seeking to be "constructive ;-)Anthony, Berlin
- Considering virtually every presentation I`ve attended in the last
couple of years has cited Vygotsky at some point, I think the concept
still has legs.
However, you might be interested in this idea, which claims to be a
break with previous theories but I feel to be an "update" for