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Reconsidering Social Constructivism: The Relevance of George Herbert Mead’s Interactionism


by Eric Bredo — 2000

This essay will be concerned with a particular sub-species of constructivism, social constructivism. Its purpose is to help map this somewhat confusing terrain so that others may find their way more easily. It is also an attempt to defend a version of social constructivism against overly quick dismissal while acknowledging difficulties with some versions. As I will suggest, the source of many difficulties is a tendency to think in terms of polar oppositions between inner and outer factors, such as relations between “inner” humanity versus “outer” nature, or the “inner” individual versus the “outer” social environment.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 99, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 102 Number 7, 2000, p. 127-157
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18700, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 1:16:05 AM

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  • Eric Bredo
    University of Virginia
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    ERIC BREDO is Professor of Education at the University of Virginia, where he teaches philosophy and sociology of education.
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