Revisioning learning - contributions of postmodernism, constructivism and neurological research

Year: 2000

Author: CREBBIN, W

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Critical Postmodernism challenges modernist notions of knowledge as objective reality and Constructivism is a learning theory which attempts to explain how learners make meaning through language and other sources of information. In this paper I will provide a brief overview of how I have drawn on these theories and linked them with recent findings from research in neurological studies of consciousness and emotion, in an attempt to describe new ways of understanding the processes of learning and to suggest some implications for teaching.

My motivation for this research is to try to develop an understanding of how learning occurs and, more importantly, why it is that so much of what students "learn" is not constructed in ways which enable that learning to be meaningfully used.