Publication 2461

Olssen M. (1996) Radical constructivism and its failings: Anti‐realism and individualism. British Journal of Educational Studies 44(3): 275–295. Fulltext at https://cepa.info/2461
Radical constructivism has had a major influence on present-day education, especially in the teaching of science and mathematics. The article provides an epistemological profile of constructivism and considers its strengths and weaknesses from the standpoint of its educational implications. It is argued that there are two central problems with constructivism: anti-realism and individualism which, in turn, lead to difficulties associated with idealism and relativism which, together, prove fatal for the theory.

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