**Constructivism - part 2**

Through discussion the child becomes aware of the characteristics of a task. He/she must be encouraged to use the correct vocabulary needed for a particular task. Young children are egocentric, and it is through social interaction that they can begin to appreciate the points of view of other people. Sequences of instruction involve discussion, hands-on experience and practical exploration. As adults we expect objects to behave in a stable and predictable manner. Children have to learn to recognise these attributes. They need to handle and use a variety of objects in order to form their own rules and structures for dealing with the world. This is of particular importance in mathematics.

While direct instruction is very important in mathematics, children also need to develop their own learning strategies. We need to teach children to look at how they arrived at a result rather than just concentrating on the answer as an end in itself.