The SAGE Handbook of Social Constructionist Practice is the first major survey of innovations in professional practice emerging from a social constructionist orientation to social science. This key perspective has been unique in its stimulation of pioneering practices over a broad number of professions. This volume offers insights into the latest developments in theory, showcases the range and variations in practical outcomes, while pointing to emerging directions of development. The Handbook focuses on hands-on practices, while offering the theoretical tools for further enriching their application. The authors are leading figures in their fields, including organizational development, therapy, healthcare, education, research, and community building. The volume will be particularly useful for students, scholars, professional practitioners, and change makers from across the globe. PART ONE: Introduction; PART TWO: Research Practices; PART THREE: Practices in Therapeutic Professions; PART FOUR: Practices in Organizational Development; PART FIVE: Practices in Education; PART SIX: Practices in Healthcare; and PART SEVEN: Community Practices.

Education as Relational Process and Practice: Introduction

Education as Relational Process and Practice: Introduction

Education as relational process and practice: introduction
Thalia Dragonas

Constructionists challenge the traditional conception of knowledge and learning. ‘We have come to believe’, Gergen has argued time and again, ‘that knowledge lies somewhere within the complex configuration of propositions – descriptions, explanations, logics, principles, laws, formulas, and related forms of representation’ (Gergen, 2015, p. 49). The propositions highly valued, at least within the Western tradition, are those equivalent to universal truths outside of time and culture. The conviction that, by mastering these propositions, learners will move from a state of ignorance to that of knowledge pervades most educational systems. And the one to impart these propositions is the instructor – the ‘sage on the ...

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