It’s hard to put myself in a box and say, “This is where I fit.” I have long considered myself a Constructivist, but then I got in among a group of professionals who interpreted constructivism quite differently than I do, where any sort of structured learning environment would have been totally against constructivist principles. That’s not what I see in the majority of the literature I have read on the subject, so on a whole I would say I embrace constructivist principles.
I also fall into the category of collaboratist. While I’m not one of those who thinks every student learns every subject best in collaborative situations, I do think there is a strong measure of truth to the theory. I also believe collaborative learning is key to training our students to work in the flat, global, collaborative workplace of the future.
I also embrace a bit of Cognitive Information Processing Theory. Even though the literature has done away with the term “learning styles”, I do believe different students have different learning preferences, and that much of what we learn is based on our previous experiences and interest level. I think as an instructor we have to find ways to tie what is being learned back to the student’s personal experience and interests, and I believe in offering differentiated instruction to appeal to the learning preferences of a wide range of students.So I guess I’m a mash up. Someone will have to come up with a name for my philosophy of learning. Cognitive cooperative constructivism?