Science & Education

, Volume 11, Issue 6, pp 557–571

Defending Constructivism in Science Education

  • Daniel Gil-Pérez
  • Jenaro Guisasola
  • Antonio Moreno
  • Antonio Cachapuz
  • Anna M. Pessoa De Carvalho
  • Joaquín Martínez Torregrosa
  • Julia Salinas
  • Pablo Valdés
  • Eduardo González
  • Anna Gené Duch
  • Andrée Dumas-Carré
  • Hugo Tricárico
  • Rómulo Gallego
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Abstract

After an impressive development throughout the last two decades, supported by a greatamount of research and innovation, science education seemed to be becoming a newscientific domain. This transformation of Science Education into a specific field of researchand knowledge is usually associated with the establishment of what has been called an‘emergent consensus’ about constructivist positions. However, some voices have begunto question these constructivist positions and therefore the idea of an advancementtowards a coherent body of knowledge in the field of science education. The goalof this work is to analyse some of the current criticisms of the so-called constructivistorientations and to study their implications for the development of science education asa coherent body of knowledge.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Gil-Pérez
    • 1
  • Jenaro Guisasola
    • 2
  • Antonio Moreno
    • 3
  • Antonio Cachapuz
    • 4
  • Anna M. Pessoa De Carvalho
    • 5
  • Joaquín Martínez Torregrosa
    • 6
  • Julia Salinas
    • 7
  • Pablo Valdés
    • 8
  • Eduardo González
    • 9
  • Anna Gené Duch
    • 10
  • Andrée Dumas-Carré
    • 11
  • Hugo Tricárico
    • 12
  • Rómulo Gallego
    • 13
  1. 1.Universitat de ValénciaSpain E-mail
  2. 2.Universidad del País VascoSpain
  3. 3.Universidad ComplutenseSpain
  4. 4.Universidade de AveiroPortugal
  5. 5.Universidade de São PauloBrazil
  6. 6.Universidad de AlicanteSpain
  7. 7.Universidad de TucumánArgentina
  8. 8.Instituto Superior Pedagógico E.J. VaronaLa HabanaCuba
  9. 9.Universidad de CórdobaArgentina
  10. 10.Universitat de LleidaSpain
  11. 11.IUFM d'Aix MarseilleFrance
  12. 12.Universidad de San MartínArgentina
  13. 13.Universidad Pedagógica NacionalColombia

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