Big Idea – Multiple Intelligences

Two young boys playing with blocks. Education has largely been shaped by a growing understanding of how people learn.

According to Piaget, cognitive development in children proceeds in a predictable sequence of steps. Children learn not so much by acquiring content from outside their minds, but rather by constructing it from within.

This theory of learning, known as constructivism means people construct new knowledge and understandings based on what they already know and believe (Cobb, 1994; Piaget, 1952; Vygotsky, 1962).

 


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