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ERIC Number: EJ854992
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
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ISSN: ISSN-1443-1475
Vygotsky's Philosophy: Constructivism and Its Criticisms Examined
Liu, Charlotte Hua; Matthews, Robert
International Education Journal, v6 n3 p386-399 Jul 2005
Criticisms have recently been voiced of constructivism, the leading metaphor of human learning since the 1970s. Inspired by inconsistencies in interpretations of constructivism in current literature, we examine the underlying epistemological beliefs of popular constructivist theories and their criticisms. We find that popular constructivist claims and criticisms, instead of being based on contrasting philosophical ideas, are similarly grounded on the dualist separatism of the human mind and the external world. We then present our interpretation of Vygotsky's historical-dialectical-monist philosophy, through discussions of Vygotskyan concepts including social environment of learning, the role of language, and individual consciousness. The paper concludes that confusions about Vygotsky's theory often arise from concepts taken literally and from the lack of appreciation of the general philosophical orientation underpinning his works.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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