More About Constructionism
At the core of the vision offered by people like Dewey, Montessori, Piaget and Papert is that we learn by generating our own meanings about the physical, the social, the technological and the artistic world. An implicit but at the same time loud feature of this process is creativity, constructions of original meanings useful and beautiful to others. Constructionist approaches have been continually illuminating us on how learners generate creative meanings based on (but not exclusive to) individual and collective tinkering with digital objects. Objects that are elegant, useful, and beautiful and never seen before by the builder, never seen sometimes by anyone. What do we know about creativity in constructionist learning processes? How can we design situations to stimulate its growth and mediation in our society?
Constructionism 2014 in Vienna carries on the tradition of the bi-annual meetings of the Eurologo community in Dublin (1987), Gent (1989), Parma (1991), Anavissos (1993), Birmingham (1995), Budapest (1997), Sofia (1999), Linz (2001), Porto (2003), Warsaw (2005), Bratislava (2007), Paris (2010) and Athens (2012). Our highly successful meeting in Paris in 2010 was characterized by the change in our title to 'Constructionism' in order to delineate our head - on addressing of and reflection on our constructionist epistemology on learning and using Logo-like digital systems.