- Which pedagogical frameworks and/or approaches to teaching and learning do you use as an educator, and why (e.g., Dewey’s Cycle of Inquiry, Bloom’s Taxonomy, Vygotsky and Sociocultural Theory and ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development), Freire and Critical Pedagogy)?
- Which ones interest you most for applying in your classroom and why?
- How might your approach to pedagogy guide and shape the activities you develop for learning communities or networks using web 2.0 tools?
Educational psychology was my minor in my doctoral program and I quickly became interested in Vygotsky's notion of social learning. The dependent variable in the study I ran for my dissertation was actually a learning outcome.
The independent variable was a measure of the interaction between students in small groups. Research shows that students learn more powerfully when situated in groups and interacting with others.
Therefore, I actively apply this approach in my courses, in the classroom but also with outside activities and online. In fact, my peer observation this fall noted, "this was the most interactive class I've ever seen."
Well, basically, I will use tools and activities that maximize or facilitate the best and most interaction between students, depending on the objective of the learning situation. My two preferred tools/environments are wikis and discussion forums, but I am really open to anything.