Constructivism is a philosophy of learning founded on the premise that, by reflecting on our experiences, we construct our understanding of the world we live in. (source: http://viking.coe.uh.edu/~ichen/ebook/et-it/constr.htm) . Social constructivism is based on specific assumptions about reality, knowledge, and learning, The common thread among all forms of constructivism is that they do not focus on an ontological reality, but instead on a constructed reality. Constructivism and realism are different on their view on reality and knowledge. “At its extreme, the constructivist view holds that even to suggest the existence of an objective world independent of our thoughts about it is absurd.” (“Against Constructivism”, Margaret A. Boden • University of Sussex in Constuctivist Foundations Vol 6 nr 1 nov 2010 p 86)
In my view connectivism does not deny or ignore this real world, it does not deny realism. Knowledge is not only constructed, knowledge is about reality. ” So, connective knowledge is knowledge OF the connections that exist in the world. It is knowledge about how such connections are created, and what impact, or effect, such a system of connections has. ” (http://halfanhour.blogspot.com/2008/09/types-of-knowledge-and-connective.html ). In this blog connectivism is said to be a third type of knowledge next to empirical and rational knowledge, which are both realistic theories of knowledge.
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