Natalie Solent looks at reasons why constructivism (aka “discovery, experiential, problem-based or inquiry learning” ) remains popular despite lack of results. She thinks people who were good at school are generalizing from their own ah-hah! experiences, forgetting the non-ah-hah! moments and flattering themselves that they figured things out without help. Also, she says, “they don’t want to look bossy.”
But they’re plenty bossy when they teach prospective teachers, writes Tin Drummer.