Education is the ingredient that can bring about a makeover towards a progressive society. Quality of education depends on the quality of instruction. Students Learning Approaches range from a surface to a deep learning strategy. The present study on Grade 8 Students from SSC Board, Mumbai, Maharashtra, was aimed to find out the impact of 5E Constructivism on Students’ Learning Approaches in Science understanding. The study was conducted in three phases, a pre-test in the first phase followed by interventions, and a post-test. In the second phase, the independent variable was 5E Constructivism whereas the dependent variable was Student’s Learning Approaches in Science understanding. The mean values of the pre-test and post-test findings for surface learners were found to be 198.153 and 181.38 respectively; the mean values of the pre-test and post-test findings for deep learners were found to be 204.57 and 211 respectively. The Baseline Pre-test had maximum students with a score range from 0 to 3 and the Post Test showed maximum students in the 7 to 10 range. This marked shift in the Students’ Learning Approaches revealed that the 5E Constructivism Approach was effective for enhancing the surface learners into deep learners. A semi-structured interview was also conducted with the pre-test and post-test to qualitatively analyze the impact of the interventions. With a Constructivist Approach, students synthesize new understanding from prior learning and new information. As learning becomes an interesting activity, it becomes meaningful and sustainable.
Keywords: 5E Constructivism, Learning Approaches, Science, Surface Learning, Deep Learning.