A hot topic in early care and education is the difference between traditionalist and constructivist education. Evanshen and Faulk (2011) describe six crucial educational categories that define constructivist practice: meaningful learning, social learning, purposeful learning, responsible learning, continuous learning, and inquiry-based learning. Based on these elements, would you consider yourself more of a traditionalist or a constructivist in your teaching practice? Take the quiz below to find out! After you have completed the quiz, take a look at the attached PDF file to see the differences between the two types of classrooms. While there are some significant differences, it is important to understand that there is not one right or wrong way to teach, but rather a continuum between traditional versus constructivist philosophy. The intent is to shift more towards constructivist practice, as it has been researched and defined as best practice in early care and education.
***Having trouble accessing the quiz? It tends to work better on a mobile device. Or you can do it the old fashioned way and complete the hard copy below and submit as an alternative to the web-based assessment. Tally your marks in each column to find out if you are a traditionalist or constructivist?