ERIC Number: EJ1107764
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 70
Students' Ideas and Radical Constructivism
Sánchez Gómez, Pedro J.
Science & Education, v25 n5-6 p629-650 Aug 2016
In this article, I study, from the point of view of the analytic philosophy of mind, the compatibility of students' ideas studies (SIS) with radical constructivism (RC). I demonstrate that RC is based on a psychology of "narrow mental states"; that is, the idea that the mental content of an individual can be fully characterised without any reference external to her or him. I show that this fact imposes some severe restrictions to SIS to be incorporated into RC. In particular, I argue that only qualitative studies can comply with the requirement of narrowness. Nevertheless, I propose that quantitative works can be employed as sources of "types" in order to study "token" actual students. I use this type-token dichotomy to put forward an outline of a theory of the relation between school contents and mental contents. In this view, token mental contents regarding a given topic can be defined, and probed, only by resorting to "typical" school contents.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Constructivism (Learning), Philosophy, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis, Cognitive Processes, Research Methodology, Educational Theories
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