Constructivism is a relatively new paradigm in the social sciences, alternatively referred to as social constructivism or social constructionism, and forming part of the broader field of the sociology of knowledge. Constructivism has been described as multidisciplinary in nature, and as having a significant potential to become an integrative framework, since it has significant representation in sociology, psychology, learning and education, philosophy, linguistics, and more recently in communication, media studies, political science, and international relations. This is the main reason why a general definition of social constructivism could provide an integrated theoretical and methodological framework for the study of all types of social relations. Nevertheless, there is no generally accepted definition for this term, the different approaches informing the constructivist perspective having in common a ...

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