[OLPC Brasil] Piaget’s Constructivism, Papert’s Constructionism: What’s the difference?

José Antonio joseantoniorocha at gmail.com
Sun Dec 10 05:22:15 EST 2006

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Piaget's Constructivism, Papert's Constructionism: What's the difference?

Edith Ackermann


What is the difference between Piaget's constructivism and Papert's
"constructionism"? Beyond the mere play on the words, I think the
distinction holds, and that integrating both views can enrich our
understanding of how people learn and grow.

Piaget's constructivism offers a window into what children are
interested in, and able to achieve, at different stages of their
development.The theory describes how children's ways of doing and
thinking evolve  over time, and under which circumstance children are
more likely to let go of—or hold onto— their currently held views.
Piaget suggests that children have very good reasons not to abandon
their worldviews just because someone else, be it an expert, tells
them they're wrong.

Papert's constructionism, in contrast, focuses more on the art of
learning, or 'learning to learn', and on the significance of making
things in learning. Papert is interested in how learners engage in a
conversation with [their own or other people's] artifacts, and how
these conversations boost self-directed learning, and ultimately
facilitate the construction of new knowledge. He stresses the
importance of tools, media, and context in human development.
Integrating both perspectives illuminates the processes by which
individuals come to make sense of their experience, gradually
optimizing their interactions with the world


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