In constructivism, as the name suggests, each learner builds upon their previous experience and knowledge to “construct” a new knowledge. Constructivism focuses on learning as an active process, which is personal and individual for each learner.
Constructivism is largely based on the works of Jean-Jacques Piaget and Lev Vygotsky. Piaget emphasized that a learner’s background, perceptions, and perspective affect their learning. Vygotsky proposed the. The term “proximal” refers to those skills that the learner is “close” to mastering.
Jerome Bruner, developed scaffolding theory where ‘scaffolding’ is used to metaphorically represent the quality of the Vygotsky’s terms of ‘guidance’ or ‘collaboration’. Bruner believed that as learners begin to build on their prior knowledge, they require the support of facilitators or scaffolds. As learning continues, the learners become more self-reliant and the unnecessary scaffolds can be removed.