Plenary:

CONSTRUCTIONISM AND THE CONFIRMATION
OF A RELUCTANT CONSTRUCTIVIST

Goldenberg, E. P.

There's real physics, theology, mathematics, psychology, biomedicine, and the like, and then there's the pop-culturization of these disciplines. Our culture finds a certain appeal in (the pop-culture image of) chaos, the uncertainty principle, Freudian slips, black-holes, hormones, and so on, and uses the "explanatory power" of these ideas without much concern for the depth or context of their original meaning. People use "grew exponentially" just to mean "got really big" and "Freudian" just to mean sexy. Piagetian terms like "conservation" and "stage" are invoked in education quite casually mixed with "reinforce" and "reward" from Behaviorism.....

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