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The Changing Perspectives of Constructivism: Science Wars and Children’s Creativity


by Joan Solomon — 2000

This chapter will begin by picking up some of the themes in constructivism that were troublesome in 1993-94 when I last wrote about the subject. The most important of these concerns constructivism as a method of teaching and the various brands of constructivism which lie beyond what the students tell us they think about scientific phenomena (as though these were wholly invented or constructed by them). Then there are two almost completely new themes which we should explore because they are becoming more confusing but also more interesting. The first of these is the so-called Science Wars, where angry exchanges and polarized views about truth and constructivism between the relativists and the scientists are beginning to assail the quieter domain of science education in order to recruit teachers and youngsters to their sides of the argument.


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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. 283-307
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18705, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 3:52:05 AM

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  • Joan Solomon
    Open University
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    JOAN SOLOMON is a member of the Center for Science Education at the Open University in the United Kingdom. She has had a long-standing interest in the impact of constructivist ideas on her field.
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