Author E. K. Ackermann
Edith K. Ackermann was a Honorary Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Aix-Marseille, France, and Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture, Design Laboratory. She taught graduate students, conducts research, and consults for organizations and institutions interested in human learning, imagination, and creativity. She liked to work with designers, educators, scholars, and policy-makers committed to rethinking what it means to be knowledgeable, literate, or skilled in today’s digitally saturated world – and what it takes to become so. Recent collaborations included the LEGO Learning Institute, OLPC, INVIVIA, the PIAZZA and PUENTE EU Projects, and the Exploratorium Science Museum, San Francisco, where she was granted an Osher Fellowship and an “Outstanding Educator” Award in 2010. She passed away on 24 December 2016.

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Ackermann E. K. (1995) Construction and transference of meaning through form. In: Steffe L. P. & Gale J. E. (eds.) Constructivism in education. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Hillsdale NJ: 341–354. Fulltext at
Ackermann E. K. (1996) Perspective-taking and object construction: Two keys to learning. In: Kafai J. & Resnick M. (eds.) Constructionism in practice: Designing, thinking, and learning in a digital world. Lawrence Erlbaum, Mahwah NJ: 25–37.
Ackermann E. K. (2001) Piaget’s constructivism, Papert’s constructionism: What’s the difference? Future of Learning Group Publication 5(3): 438.
Ackermann E. K. (2004) Constructing knowledge and transforming the world. In: Tokoro M. & Steels L. (eds.) A learning zone of one’s own: Sharing representations and flow in collaborative learning. IOS Press, Amsterdam: 15–37. Fulltext at
Ackermann E. K. (2007) Experiences of artifacts: People’s appropriations / objects’ “affordances”. Chapter 23 in: Key works in radical constructivism (edited by Marie Larochelle). Sense Publishers, Rotterdam: 249–257. Fulltext at
Ackermann E. K. (2010) Constructivism(s): Shared roots, crossed paths, multiple legacies. In: Clayson J. & Kalas I. (eds.) Constructionist approaches to creative learning, thinking and education: Lessons for the 21st century. Proceedings of Constructionism 2010. Comenius University, Bratislava: 1–9. Fulltext at
Ackermann E. K. (2015) Amusement, Delight, and Whimsy: Humor Has Its Reasons that Reason Cannot Ignore. Constructivist Foundations 10(3): 405–411. Fulltext at
Ackermann E. K. (2015) Author’s Response: Impenetrable Minds, Delusion of Shared Experience: Let’s Pretend (“dicciamo che io ero la mamma”). Constructivist Foundations 10(3): 418–421. Fulltext at
Glasersfeld E. von & Ackermann E. K. (1997) Heinz von Foerster zum 85. Geburtstag. In: Müller A., Müller K. H. & Stadler F. (eds.) Konstruktivismus und Kognitionswissenschaft. Springer, Vienna.
Glasersfeld E. von & Ackermann E. K. (2011) Reflections on the Concept of Experience and the Role of Consciousness. Unfinished Fragments. Constructivist Foundations 6(2): 193–203. Fulltext at
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