The Synergy Between Digital Tools and Modern Constructivist Pedagogies
from Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova, Centre for Studies in European Integration
This article explores the correlation and the synergy between inquiry – based science education (IBSE) as an example of social constructivist pedagogy and digital learning environments. The main premises for an IBSE – type education are determined by the need of knowledge-based society in scientifically literate labor force. The main features of inquiry-based science education are examined and the formation of lifelong learning skills is presented as one of the main benefits brought by IBSE. Other outcomes of IBSE are: the need for permanent learning and research as a part of professional and intellectual growth of personality; the development of an active scientific vocabulary of students; enhanced motivation to learn and explore namely in a digital environment. Three pillars for building a modern educational system are presented: i) constructivist pedagogy; ii) a higher degree of student – student and student – teacher interaction; and iii) digital learning environment. The mandatory components of digital learning environment are presented and the main principles for embedding ICT in education are enumerated.
Keywords: constructivist pedagogy; inquiry – based science education; digital learning environment; lifelong learning skills. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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