Entry #8

This week was devoted to Radical Constructivist Teaching.

“What is radical constructivism? It is an unconventional approach to the problem of knowledge and knowing. It starts from the assumption that knowledge, no matter how it is defined, is in the heads of persons, and that the thinking subject has no alternative but to construct what he or she knows on the basis of his or her own experience. What we make of experience constitutes the only world we consciously live in. It can be sorted into many kinds, such as things, self, others, and so on. But all kinds of experience are essentially subjective, and though I may find reasons to believe that my experience may not be unlike yours, I have no way of knowing that it is the same. The experience and interpretation of language are no exception.”

von Glasersfeld, E. (1995). Radical Constructivism (1st ed., p. 1). Basingstoke: Burgess Science Press. Retrieved from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED381352.pdf

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