Everything you always wanted to know about constructivism in lifelong learning... ...but you were too ashamed to ask.

 

 
Photo: speednik / photocase.de…Because the term „constructivism“ became so fashionable, and you had the feeling that one should know about constructivism! Indeed, it is one of the most important philosophical approaches to adult education and one of the most used nowadays. It has been recognized as both paradigm and theory. You might have used it already without knowing (when you are talking about importance of experience of participants in adult education, whenever you say “It depends on the context“, and name teachers as “mentors and facilitators“) you are referring to some of the main characteristics of constructivism. It emerged as the leading theory of human learning by the 1980s and 1990s as interest declined in behaviourist and information-processing perspectives. Since then it has been the buzzword in education.