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Cobb T. (2006) Constructivism. In: Brown K. (ed.) Encyclopedia of language and linguistics. Second edition. Elsevier, Amsterdam: 85–87. Fulltext at
Constructivism, the notion that knowledge must be assembled from pieces rather than assimilated whole, has been a principal learning theory in psychology for about 20 years and in psycholinguistics for 10. The theory is now making a strong entry into educational thinking, but in language education it is less in evidence. That is because applied linguists have always been constructivists, implicitly, and have already confronted some of the implementation problems facing constructivism in mathematics or science education. Nevertheless, a more explicit understanding of the constructivist approach is useful within language education, particularly in providing a framework for exploiting information technologies.

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