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Contra Garrisonian Social Constructivism


Davson-Galle, P, Contra Garrisonian Social Constructivism, Science and Education, 9, (6) pp. 611-614. ISSN 0926-7220 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1023/A:1008785506665


In a recent paper in this journal, Jim Garrison (1997) opines that a Deweyan social constructivism ought to be embraced by science educators in preference to the subjectivist variety espoused by Ernst von Glasersfeld as it '. . . retains all [of the latter's] virtues and does not get caught up in its confusions' (p. 543), In this response, I argue that key elements of Garrison's complaints are misguided and that his preferred Deweyan social constructivism is a theoretical framework without apparent superiority and with enough flaws that it is best eschewed by science educators (and metascientists, generally). © 2000 Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education policy, sociology and philosophy
Research Field:History and philosophy of education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Davson-Galle, P (Mr Peter Davson-Galle)
ID Code:19118
Year Published:2000
Deposited By:Early Childhood and Primary Education
Deposited On:2000-08-01
Last Modified:2001-06-12

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