The views and influence of Ernst Von glasersfeld: An introduction [Book Review]

Foundations of Chemistry 10 (2):129-134 (2008)
Research into learners' ideas about science suggests that students often have alternative conceptions about important science concepts. Because of this dissatisfaction, constructivism has been adopted as a theoretical framework by many teachers and researchers, and it has had a curricular influence in many countries. Constructivism is much more than an educational doctrine and we are aware that a ‘science war’ about the possibility of objectivity is in progress. ‘Constructivism’ cannot necessary be a package deal: it must be possible to accept educational suggestions deemed useful without buying all the epistemology or the metaphysical implications. The claim that cognitive agents understand the world by constructing mental representations of it can be a shared suggestion for changing science instruction. Many teachers are much more concerned in finding productive teaching methods than about philosophical questions as if knowledge must be considered an objective representation of the real world or not. We have to ponder if some ideas from the constructivist theory of instruction can help instructors to become better teachers. The pragmatic suggestions that come from the constructivist theory of instruction developed by von Glasersfeld, the leading proponent of radical constructivism, could be a good start in this␣search.
Keywords Ernst von Glasersfeld  forms of constructivism  objectivity  constructivist theory of instruction
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s10698-006-9022-x
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 29,530
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
The Radical Constructivist View of Science.Ernst von Glasersfeld - 2001 - Foundations of Science 6 (1-3):31-43.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Added to PP index

Total downloads
28 ( #195,696 of 2,210,880 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #208,002 of 2,210,880 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature