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Radical Constructivism: Ernst von Glasersfeld

Ernst von Glasersfeld (1917–2010), a cyberneticist by training, was the creator and major exponent of the amalgam of psychological, philosophical, and educational positions known as radical constructivism (RC). Constructivism more generally has had enormous impact in science and mathematics research and pedagogy from the 1970s to the present time, with review after review saying it is the most influential theory in these fields. Within constructivism, von Glasersfeld’s RC has commanded a large following.

Von Glasersfeld published well more than 100 papers, book chapters, and books in fields such as mathematics and science education, cybernetics, semantics, and epistemology. Two important books are Construction of Knowledge (1987) and Radical Constructivism: A Way of Knowing and Learning (1995); his major articles are gathered in Key Works in Radical Constructivism ...

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