LSP in the context of HE

The model where the teacher was the holder of knowledge to be dispensed to learners needs to be revised. Instead we need to look toward models of learning which facilitate the sharing of views and conceptions. Learning is not a process which occurs in isolation. The constructivist view is that learning is achieved through experiences and the integration of new knowledge with existing knowledge. The co-constructivist view extends this to allow that learning is achieved through the sharing of meanings and understandings, within learning communities. In this domain LSP has a great deal to contribute.

Food for thought: in this video Professor David Gauntlett from the University of Westminster talks about Learning Through Making

LSP workshops often begin with the building of individual models which give a representation of the builder’s conception. The use of LEGO® bricks shifts the language of expression of the learner. New language leads to new thinking and as such the learner is less likely to reproduce learned or expected responses. Instead their responses are more visceral. The LSP method allows these individual models to be combined or integrated into a new shared model which represents the shared understanding of the group. It is through this process that deep conceptions and misconceptions can be brought to the table and through exposition, conflict and resolution, familiar concepts to storytellers, new knowledge and understanding is co-constructed within that community.

Slideshare: Slides from a workshop given by Chrissi Nerantzi about the use of LSP.