Constructivism in Education

By Leslie P. Steffe; Jerry Gale | Go to book overview

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Shifting Paradigms: A Self-Reflective Critique

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The point is that the ways of nineteenth century thinking are becoming rapidly bankrupt.

-- G. Bateson, quoted by J. Brockman, 1977, p. 4

Here I want to call attention to a condition of our time--that as the conventional ways of thinking about mind and life collapse, new ways of thinking about these matters are becoming available--not only to ivory tower philosophers but also to practitioners and to the "man in the street."

-- G. Bateson, 1987, p. 181

I am pleased to have been invited to critique the work of von Glasersfeld (chap. 20), Driver (chap. 21), and Wood, Cobb, and Yackel (chap 22). These days, an invitation to critique the scholarly writings of others elicit an interesting dilemma. Whereas in the not distant past there seemed to be only one widely accepted method to apply in the development of such a critique, there are now a multitude of alternatives from which one must choose.

One alternative is the still predominant traditional method in which I was educated. If the chapters to be critiqued have been written by persons similarly educated who write in my native language, I can read the writings thoroughly to identify the expressed ideas and to search for logical inconsistencies and omissions. If the writings concern research, I can also assess that which is reported in the context of the accepted

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