Constructivist Didactics in Teaching Economics: A Shift in Paradigm to be Exemplary Teacher

Ziyn Engdasew Woldab


This paper begins with a theoretical analysis and critique of the prevailing behaviorist instructive which promotes a model of imparting and receiving knowledge in economics education. This approach is criticized for its inadequacy to facilitate higher order thinking, problem solving, creativity and collaborative learning. Contemporarily, research findings in cognitive learning shift the paradigm and provide new dimensions to information processing and constructivist view of teaching economics. It recognizes learners as constructor of knowledge and an active participant in the process of learning economic facts and principles, and economics teachers as facilitator of students’ learning. This theoretical paradigm in teaching economics doesn’t disvalue the instructional roles of teachers, rather it advocates that teaching economics should not only instructive but also constructive. Hence, this paper presents the philosophical and psychological roots and major pedagogical principles of constructivism, the rationale for adoption of traditional instructional perspectives with modern constructivist approach and its practical implications in teaching economics. Finally, it concludes that learning economics should not be only instructive, but also constructive.

DOI: 10.5901/ajis.2013.v2n1p197

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