Constructivist Pedagogy

Course Code: EDU102
Day: Sat Time: 14:30-16:20 Hours: 20 Sessions: 10 Instructional Language: English Location: Online

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Course Description

This course is designed to help current and aspiring educators better understand how to utilize the constructivist approach in their classrooms. Constructivism is an increasingly popular learning theory and an underlying theme in much education reform initiatives globally, including Japan. The theory suggests that knowledge and meaning are constructed from experience, and therefore educators should incorporate experiential learning into their classrooms. It will focus on the theoretical concepts of constructivism and how these can be practically integrated into one's teaching. Thus, experience will reinforce theory. Whether currently teaching or aspiring to teach in international schools or local schools, this course will help educators at all levels help to develop their own practice.

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of constructivist pedagogy.

2. Participants will have opportunities to engage in developing classroom activities based on constructivist methods.

Who should take this course

Individuals that are interested in teaching English in various disciplines. Individuals who are interested in engaging in discussions about constructivist methods in teaching and learning.


Constructivist Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners


Yujiro Shimogori

Instructor Biography

Yujiro Shimogori has a Master's degree in Education with emphasis in Human Development & Psychology from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. degree in Education with focus in Bilingual Education from San Diego State University. He is a 20 year veteran as a primary, secondary, and higher education educator and researcher in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Tokyo. Educated, lived and worked in Japan and the US, he is bilingual and bicultural, and proficient in Japanglish as well. His research interests include bicultural identity development, bilingualism, culturally relevant pedagogy, and second language acquisition. Shimogori enjoys visiting new places, taking long walks, and watching baseball, judo, and kendo.