Science & Education

, Volume 9, Issue 6, pp 611–614

Contra Garrisonian Social Constructivism

  • Peter Davson-Galle

DOI: 10.1023/A:1008785506665

Cite this article as:
Davson-Galle, P. Science & Education (2000) 9: 611. doi:10.1023/A:1008785506665


In a recent paper in this journal, Jim Garrison (1997) opines that a Deweyan social constructivism ought to be embraced by science educators in preference to the subjectivist variety espoused by Ernst von Glasersfeld as it ...retains all [of the latter's] virtues and does not get caught up in its confusions' (p. 543). In this response, I argue that key elements of Garrison's complaints are misguided and that his preferred Deweyan social constructivism is a theoretical framework without apparent superiority and with enough flaws that it is best eschewed by science educators (and metascientists generally).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Davson-Galle
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of TasmaniaLauncestonAustralia