Falk & Dierking’s constructivist approach empowers visitors to choose what, where, when, with whom and how one learns.
Allow for the individual’s own unique learning agenda to emerge.
Address the effect of time on learning.
Respect that learning is always situated and contextualized.
Be open to a broad range of learning outcomes Emphasize validity over reliability.
According to Hein, “embracing constructivism requires two self-conscious acts:
Library patrons, like museum visitors, use the space, services, and resources to construct meaningful knowledge. In the library classroom, students typically hear, read, and see new information. What is sometimes missing is an opportunity to make sense of the information for themselves. In order to facilitate meaningful learning, the librarian should allow students to articulate how this new information fits in with their existing understanding and experiences.
Here are two exercises to encourage synthesizing the new and the old. After a discussion of source evaluation, for example: