Why do Professors Refuse to use Constructivist Teaching Methodologies?

By Kyungmee Lee, Junghwa Yoo and Yeongmahn You.

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In the current job market, university graduates’ problem-solving ability and collaboration skills have been evaluated as the most important competencies for employment. In this social context, university faculty members have been encouraged to use constructivist teaching methodologies. The Center for Teaching and Learning in HanYang University (Seoul, South Korea) research team has exerted much effort to teach the instructors how to design constructivist instruction; however, there are still only a few instructors who are using constructivist teaching methodologies well. A qualitative study was therefore conducted to discover the reasons why professors do not use constructivist teaching methodologies and suggest solutions for facilitating the implementation of constructivist teaching methodologies into their instruction. The study results reported in this paper suggest that there are more diverse reasons why professors hesitate or refuse to use constructivist teaching methodologies than we had presumed.

Keywords: Constructivism, Constructivist Teaching, Professional Development, Problem-based Learning, Center for Teaching and Learning in University

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 8, pp.47-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.278MB).

Kyungmee Lee

Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea

Junghwa Yoo

A graduate student, Department of Educational Technology, Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea

I graduated and majored in Educational Technology, Hanynag University, Rep. of Korea. The major include media literacy, instructional technology, learning environments, Human Resource Development, and so on. Especially, I am interested in the instructional technology, and learning environments. Luckily, I admitted the graduate school in same major. Then I have a course in Educational Technology and work the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) in Hanyang University. Successively, I design and develop learning programs for University students, working in the CTL. I try to design, develop and deliver the learning program. The purpose of learning program is to help students learning, to improve their competence, and to promote learning environments. Until now, I study instructional design and plan to design the learning environments.

Prof. Yeongmahn You

Professor, Department of Educational Technology, Hanyang University, SEOUL, South Korea

Knowledge ecology and ecological learning health are my current research topics and practical consulting topics with most Korean companies. I've been teaching human resources development, learning organization and knowledge management field for undergraduate and graduate students in Hanyang Univ. in Seoul, Korea.

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