The Toolbelt Theory

Leading on from my Constructivist approach blog…

The Toolbelt Theory suggests that as educators we must teach our students the skills to analyse: tasks, their own skills and capabilities and the available tools, so that they are able to make their own decisions.

Much like the Constructivist theory, this theory encourages autonomy, initiative and higher order thinking. Thus, empowering students with the skills to make their own decisions to enhance educational experiences and, moreover, prepare them for life outside of and beyond school.

The TEST framework is sequentially ordered to complement the Toolbelt Theory.


1. Analyse the task and its sub-tasks.
2. Consider the environment in which the task needs to be complete.
3. Identify the skills of the person who has to complete the task.
4. Evaluate all of the tools that are available to help complete the task and use the appropriate tool.

In a real life context, the choice of tools is dependent on the task, environment and tools available.

As a pre-service educator I can see the benefit of applying this theory to my teaching. If an important function of education is to teach learners how to function in the world, the TEST framework would be a useful tool for me as an educator and as a strategy for my students.

I will be applying the TEST framework to my assignments.

Yours in ICT


Socol, I.D. (2009). The Toolbelt and Universal Design – Education for Everyone. Retrieved from

Socol, I.D.  (n.d.). “TEST” – Empowering Students in Task-Based Assistive Technology Decision Making. Retrieved from



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