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Constructivism and teaching: a new paradigm in general didactics?

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After a long period of paradigmatic stability in the field of general didactics (Allgemeine Didaktik) in Germany, the proponents of the 'constructivist didactics' claim to be formulating a new approach on the theoretical as well as practical levels. This claim is analysed and evaluated. Four background theories of constructivist didactics are sketched; the central arguments of these didactics are reconstructed; some examples of practical constructivist teaching recommendations presented; and, finally, constructivist didactics is critically analysed in the context of a theory of learning in schools. The conclusion is that constructivist didactics is not a new paradigm in the sense that its proponents claim it to be.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2003

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