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Dissertation
Toward the Application of Constructivism and Constructionism to Work-Related Training in Service of the Enhancement of Human Capital Development in Postsecondary Education Settings in the United States (dissertation)
(2015)
  • Antje Mays, Winthrop University
Abstract
Education research and employer surveys reveal that the skill gap in the United States spans across the realms of academic foundations, industry qualifications and technical competencies, higher-order cognitive skills, and behavioral skills and values. The purpose of this investigation was to identify key components of the two theoretical models of constructivism and constructionism which have been found to enhance children's intellectual and affective development and to apply these components to career instruction in postsecondary education settings. Through a critical analysis of existing theory and research related to human capital, constructivism, and constructionism, the components which might be logically applied to workforce development in postsecondary career education settings in the United States were identified. The goal of applying constructivist and constructionist strategies would be to empower postsecondary career learners to internalize their career fields' knowledge base and its practical applications as well as strengthen learners' analytical skills, creativity, perseverance, ethics, and behavioral workplace competencies. To accomplish this goal, seven core components were distilled from constructivism and constructionism: the whole person, knowledge structures, strategically prepared learning environments, the teacher as expert guide and subtle facilitator, experiential learning, social interaction and collaborative learning, and reflection.
Keywords
  • Constructivism (Learning),
  • Postsecondary Education,
  • Human Capital,
  • Vocational Education,
  • Labor Force Development,
  • Job Skills,
  • Cognitive Structures,
  • Experiential Learning,
  • Cooperative Learning,
  • Reflection,
  • Teacher Role,
  • Educational Environment,
  • Interpersonal Relationship,
  • Career Education
Publication Date
March 25, 2015
Comments
Also published on ERIC as Document No. ED556116. (see ERIC description - full-text ERIC document)
Citation Information
Antje Mays. "Toward the Application of Constructivism and Constructionism to Work-Related Training in Service of the Enhancement of Human Capital Development in Postsecondary Education Settings in the United States (dissertation)" (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/antjemays/24/