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CAI Format: Animation
Instructional Objectives: demonstrate, via a metaphor of walking through a forest, how different educational philosophies can influence educational practice.
Intended Audience: Undergraduate and graduate level education students.
Brief Description: This animation tries to depict the differences -- pros and cons -- between objectivist and constructivist interpretations of education. It uses the metaphor of walking through the forest and how one group of people (i.e. teachers, designers) would help another group of people (e.g. students) to make the trip. The focus of an objectivist trip is clearly on the destination whereas the constructivist trip focuses on the journey itself, similar to the expression "Life is a journey, not a destination." However, each approach has pros and cons associated with it and the choice between is not that clear-cut. The animation ends with a compromise position based on the idea of scaffolding.
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