Constructivist, learner-centred, holistic – What do these terms really mean and how are they related to adult literacy and learning? (2013)

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Three theories often come up in discussions about education, the author notes. Constructivism is the idea that people build new knowledge on what they already know, and actively construct meaning through experiencing things and reflecting on those experiences. Holistic education looks at the learner as a whole person, and tries to engage the learner on spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental levels. Learner-centred education sees students as active participants in their education, with the classroom as a community of learners.

Adult literacy practitioners weave together threads from all three methodologies in their teaching, the author says. By approaching their work from a number of perspectives, adult literacy practitioners seek to create meaningful learning experiences for their diverse learners.

The author has included links to a number of websites that offer further information on educational theory and practice.

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Sandra Loschnig. Constructivist, learner-centred, holistic – What do these terms really mean and how are they related to adult literacy and learning? 2013. Web. 24 Jun. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/bowvalley/constructivist/constructivist.pdf>
Sandra Loschnig (2013). Constructivist, learner-centred, holistic – What do these terms really mean and how are they related to adult literacy and learning?. Retrieved June 24, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/bowvalley/constructivist/constructivist.pdf
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