I am a candidate for an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology at Towson University. My doctoral studies fascinate me, especially constructivist theory. In doing this blog, I am struck by a cosmic truth: blogging is pure constructivism.
For example, in my learning environments at Towson, I use Case-Based Reasoning (CBR) to teach strategic communication/PR planning and management. I develop real world case studies from my 30-plus years of experience in corporate America and from my consulting. Research shows that individuals think in terms of cases — interpretations of their experiences that they can apply to new situations. CBR integrates memory, learning, and reasoning, so say two thinkers I study, Kolodner and Guzdial.
CBR defines a model of cognition (knowledge gained) including the processes and knowledge structures that can be revisited for advice and guidance in future circumstances. Like when students graduate and get real jobs with real problems.
CBR, like constructivism, claims that what individuals learn is consciously constructed from their own concrete experiences. Reflection is also a key component of learning. Learners “construct” by combining new information with existing knowledge and experiences.
Now, here’s where it gets interesting. McConnell and Huba say in their blockbuster, must-read book, Citizen Marketers,“the future of personal publishing (blogs) and the business of culture are being driven by the inherent ease and desire for people to build knowledge together. The academic world has done this for ions, building knowledge atop one another’s research and relying on a peer-review process to validate work. The amateur culture attempts something similar, but the time period is days or hours.”
Eureka! Blogging is pure constructivism. And you thought you were just mouthing off.