The Learning Renaissance

A Different Way of Leading Schools: Constructivism

The organisation of schools is traditionally hierarchical with leadership and management structures which contain and constrain discussion and tend to make the key focus of the school the individual subject department, rather than an integrated community of learning. There are alternative ways of organising a school so that it is fit for purpose in the twenty first century. Constructivism shows one strand of purposeful organisation of the school.

This provocative article on developing a school on constructivist principles by Matthew Lynch introduces the concept:

Constructivist leadership is the mutual and dynamic interaction and exchange of ideas and concerns. At its heart, it involves the various ways participants in the school community work together to build meaning, leading them toward a common purpose. Reciprocity here means practicing empathy; moving outside oneself, to see the perspectives of others. The required maturity emerges over time, as a product of the processes of meaning-making in communities.

Read the full text of the article here: Applying Constructivist Leadership in the School Setting | The Edvocate

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Source: Constructivism / Constructivism Concept Map

View the Wikispaces overview here: Blooms Taxonomy, Constructivism, and Skills for the 21st Century – What Do 21st Century Learners Need? | Education-2020

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