Week 3 Update

As I mentioned in my action plan, I planned on first tackling theories and design by focusing chapter 2 and chapter 3. This week, I explored chapter 2: The Learning Process. This chapter dealt with the two major psychological perspectives of learning including behaviorism and constructivism. In summary, both models of behaviorism (respondent conditioning and operant conditioning) explained how learning can be acquired through conditioning. On the other hand, constructivism suggests that learners can acquire knowledge through their own interest and experiences. Unlike behaviorism, constructivism emphasizes the importance of students’ ability and motivation to monitor their own learning.

I reflected on my own experience as a Chemistry teacher in a high school setting. Although constructivism is ideal, I find it really hard to apply it into my classroom as a rookie teacher. It is really hard to get my students to find interest in Chemistry. Only a few students have shown great interest and are motivated to explore Chemistry with my guidance. Majority of the time, behaviorism fits my classroom experience. I find myself conditioning my students to behave or react certain way in class since most have no interest to be in class at all. I find myself use a lot of incentives to “bribe” my students to stay on task or complete assignments. Hopefully with more experience, I can construct better teaching styles to create a constructivism environment for my students to learn Chemistry without me “forcing” them.

    • Gerald Ardito
      Gerald Ardito

      Xi Xi,

      You are asking good questions here. I invite you to keep wresting with this one:

      Although constructivism is ideal, I find it really hard to apply it into my classroom as a rookie teacher.

      Also, I have curated a set of materials to help you. You can find there here.

    ED 631 - Educational Psychology- Spring 2018

    ED 631 - Educational Psychology- Spring 2018

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