This short six-minute video about constructivism and its role in inquiry-based learning models is a great overview. Constructivist teaching allows students to decide their goals, and learn through observing, doing, or living though experiences. Teachers take on the role of facilitator creating an environment that allows learners to observe, do, and live.
Instructional technology has exposed learners to experiential learning through simulators, first-person perspective games, immersion in Second Life, and scenario-based online tutorials.
Situated cognition allows students to learn in authentic environments from masters who teach skills. This is much like an apprenticeship, and learning is inseparable from doing.
It was interesting to note that in Switzerland more than 80% of 16-20-year olds learn through apprenticeships, and attend school only one to two days a week.
The video also talks about the differences between problem-based learning, and project-based learning, and how these fit into the constructivist model. A new learning model I learned about is called anchored instruction, and involves the use of story-telling videos in problem solving.
This video is helpful to both teacher and teacher librarian in their quests to create a better learning environment for their students. There are many opportunities for teachers and librarians to collaborate to create authentic learning environments where students take the lead in decision making, collaborate, and solve problems.