Applicability of Constructivist Theory in Qualitative Educational Research
Tebogo Mogashoa

This article explores constructivism as a theory in qualitative educational research. The framework of applicability of constructivism as a theory includes the guiding principles of applying it as well as the various types of constructivism in qualitative educational research. It aims at revealing the applicability of constructivism and classroom practice. The article recognises that constructing meaning is learning, there is no any other kind of learning other than constructing meaning. Knowledge is acquired through involvement with content instead of imitation or repetition. Drawing from literature, this study explored the various types of constructivism such as social, psychological, personal, radical and contextual constructivism. Constructivism is used for research, learning and teaching. Educational curricula and teaching methods are ever changing as well as educational policies on teaching and learning. Constructivism is a theory about teaching and learning which involves essential aspects such as culture, context, literacy, language, learners’ interests and needs, personal experiences, interpretation of reality, as well as application of knowledge, which the researcher can analyse to determine their impact on teaching and learning policies.

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