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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