Publication 2158

Yiannoutsou N. (2015) Elements of Surprise in Teaching and Learning. Constructivist Foundations 10(3): 383–384. Fulltext at
Open peer commentary on the article “Learning about Learning with Teachers and (from) Young Children” by Chrystalla Papademetri-Kachrimani. Upshot: In my commentary, I focus on the concept of surprise underlying the design of the learning experience presented in Papademetri-Kachrimani’s target article. I treat surprise as a concept that integrates the creative, open and non-predictable characteristics of constructionist teaching and learning. In my analysis, I show that current technological and societal developments have made these ideas of constructionism more relevant than ever. Within this rendering, it becomes clear that there is a need to revisit the position of constructionism in education.


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