ERIC Number: ED309935
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
An Exposition of Constructivism: Why Some Like It Radical.
von Glasersfeld, Ernst
This monograph describes the historical development of radical constructivism. Major topics included are: (1) "The Way of the Sceptics" (describing the sceptic position from Xenophanes, through Pyrrho, to the British Empiricists, and its failure); (2) "The Changed Concept of Knowledge" (outlining G. Vico's statement "the human mind can know only what the human mind has made"); (3) "Piaget's Contribution" (toward the constructivist theory of knowing); (4) "The Concept of Viability" (dealing with two questions on how the reality people construct is so stable and why people cannot construct any reality they like); (5) "The Question of Certainty"; and (6) "Concluding Remarks" (comparing the realistic viewpoint with the constructivistic viewpoint on knowledge and the implications for education). Twenty-five references are listed. (YP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. Scientific Reasoning Research Inst.