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Social Constructionism

Social constructionism was one of the most popular as well as one of the most controversial positions in late 20th-century social science. Fiercely debated, and both vilified as well as honored, the position has gradually “settled into the suburbs” as a fundamental and foundational position in the social sciences and education. This entry discusses several of the most influential forms of social constructionism in psychology and ends with an indication of how it has made an appearance in the educational literature.

Social Constructionism Versus Constructivism

Social constructionism can be understood as the thesis that many of the social realities (roles, rules, and relationships), the networks of beliefs about these that are transmitted to new generations, and also the public bodies of knowledge that we identify as the ...

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